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Archontics
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The Archontics were adherents of a Christian Gnostic sect [→ Gnosticism] of the 4th century, named after the archons, the rulers of the seven heavens, who played an important role in their system. The sect is only known through the refutation by its staunch opponent from the beginning, bishop Epiphanius of Salamis (Panarion, 40, to which the references below refer), from whom all information in later authors derives. Since it is not likely that these Gnostics called themselves after the evil planetary rulers they abhorred, their name may have bee…

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Broek, Roelof van den, “Archontics”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 22 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_015>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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