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Prodicus, 2nd cent.

Prodicus was a Gnostic teacher [→ Gnosticism] of whose life nothing is known. → Clement of Alexandria and Tertullian, who are our primary sources (both about 200 A.D.), almost exclusively speak about the ‘followers of Prodicus’, and when they mention his name it is only as the representative of the movement that was called after him. This might be an indication that Prodicus was not their contemporary but that he had lived earlier in the 2nd century. According to Clement, Stromateis, III, 30, 1 and VII, 41, 3, the followers of Prodicus called themselves “Gn…

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Broek, Roelof van den, “Prodicus”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 26 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_298>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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