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Perates
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The Perates are a gnostic group whose name is first mentioned by → Clement of Alexandria (Stromateis, VII, 108, 2). Hippolytus identifies two otherwise unknown persons as their founders (Refutatio, V, 13, 9): Akembes (IV, 2, 1; Kelbes: V, 13, 9; Ademes: X, 10, 1), who is called ho Karystios (Karystos is a town in Euboia), and Euphrates, who is called ho Peratikos (also mentioned by Origen, Contra Celsum VI, 28 as a teacher of the → Ophites). Clement opines that the name Perates is derived from their place of origin. Different suggestions have been discussed: Euboia, the …

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Löhr, Winrich A., “Perates”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 24 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_279>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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