(748 words)

2nd cent. AD;

probably from Alexandria;

Middle Platonist, teacher, author of the Alēthḕs lógos, and an ‘apology of the Greek tradition’.


The original apology, doubling as a didactic-promotional treatise and anti-Christian polemic, is lost but can be reconstructed in its main arguments from quotations in the eight-book refutation by Origenes [2], Katà K…

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Prostmeier, Ferdinand, “Celsus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps2_COM_0060>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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