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MIRANDA MIRANDA, Leonel. Gnostic references in Ennead I, 6 of Plotinus. InterSedes [online]. 2018, vol.19, n.40, pp.148-177. ISSN 2215-2458.

The political, social and economic environment of the Roman Empire, during the second half of the 3rd century, can be considered bleak, especially between the years 249-274. The thought of the philosopher Neoplatonic Plotinus (205-270) aroused a great interest by that time, because it managed to articulate in a philosophical language the spiritual experiences. It also oriented spiritually those who were not philosophers. Among those who attend Plotinus school, we find Christians that belong to different Gnostic sects. The relationship with the Gnosticism goes through different stages. In the first stage, it shows a series of convergences, which cover disagreements. The author of this article analyses from the ascension or Anabasis schemata proposed in Ennead I, 6, the convergences with Gnosticism, mainly of Valentinian, Sethian or Ophitic types. In addition to the linguistic convergences, the correspondence between the Neoplatonic and the Gnostics is of content: The return of the soul to the Fatherland, the purification, the mediation of the intellect and certain glimpses on the homeland.

Keywords : Anabasis; conversion; The Exegesis on the Soul; Gnosticism; Acts of Judas; Acts of Thomas; Hymn of the Pearl; Hippolytus of Rome; Irenaeus of Lyon; Neoplatonism; Ophites; Plato; Plotinus; purification; Sethians; Valentinians -virtues.

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