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Thomas Taylor – gnósticos

domingo 19 de junho de 2022

"At the time in which Plotinus   lived," (says Porphyry   in his life of our philosopher,) " there were many Christians and others, who departing from the ancient philosophy, became heretics [with respect to it] ; viz. the followers of Adelphius and Acylinus, who being in possession of many of the writings of Alexander, Philocomus, Demostratus, and Lydus, and exhibiting the revelations of Zoroaster, Zostrianus, Nicotheus, Allogenes, Meses, and certain others, deceived many, and were themselves deceived. For they asserted, that Plato   had not penetrated the depth of an intelligible essence. Hence Plotinus   in his conferences adduced many arguments against them, and also wrote a book which we have inscribed ’ Against the Gnostics,’ leaving the rest to our judgment."

After this testimony of Porphyry  , it is singular, as Fabricius observes, that Plotinus   should not even once use the word Gnostics, in any part of his treatise against them. But as he was a man sparing of words beyond all other writers, he was perhaps satisfied with the inscription which he knew would be given to the book by Porphyry  , and being wholly attentive to the conceptions of his own wonderful mind, did not busy himself with a repetition of names. Wherever this word, therefore, occurs in the following translation, it is inserted by me for the sake of perspicuity. (Tratado 33)