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Clement of Alexandria

By N.S. Gill's Ancient/Classical History Glossary


Titus Flavius Clemens, known as Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-c. 215), wrote about Christian doctrine and is known as the teacher of Origen, a very important theologian of the early Church. Clement's own most important theological writings are Protrepticus, Paedagogus and the unfinished Stromateis. He was the head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria from 199-202. Influenced by Plato and other Greek philosophers, Clement felt that knowledge was a necessary adjunct to faith. Origen succeeded Clement as head of the Catechetical school at Alexandria.

Clement's birth date and place, as well as the date of his death are unknown. He may have been born at Athens. Clement was venerated as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church until the 17th century.

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Clement supported Gnosticism and tried to incorporate pagan elements in Christianity.

There was an earlier Clement, Clement of Rome or Clemens Romanus who was an Apostolic Father.

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