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Clement of Alexandria
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Clement from Les vrais pourtraits et vies des hommes illustres grecz, latins et payens (1584) by André Thévet
Church Father, Theologian
Born c. 150
Athens
Died c. 215
Jerusalem
Venerated in Oriental Orthodox Church
Eastern Catholic Churches
Anglican Communion
Canonized Pre-congregation
Feast 4 December (Eastern Catholicism, Anglicanism)
5 December (Episcopal Church, Anglicanism)
Controversy Regarded as a heretic by Photius.
Catholic cult suppressed
1586 by Pope Sixtus V

Titus Flavius Clemens, also known as Clement of Alexandria (Greek: Κλήμης ὁ Ἀλεξανδρεύς; c. 150 – c. 215), was a Christian theologian who taught at the Catechetical School of Alexandria. A convert to Christianity, he was an educated man who was familiar with classical Greek philosophy and literature. As his three major works demonstrate, Clement was influenced by Hellenistic philosophy to a greater extent than any other Christian thinker of his time, and in particular by Plato and the Stoics. His secret works, which exist only in fragments, suggest that he was also familiar with pre-Christian Jewish esotericism and Gnosticism. In one of his works he argued that Greek philosophy had its origin among non-Greeks, claiming that both Plato and Pythagoras were taught by Egyptian scholars. Among his pupils were Origen and Alexander of Jerusalem.

Clement is usually regarded as a Church Father. He is venerated as a saint in Coptic Christianity, Ethiopian Christianity and Anglicanism. He was previously revered in the Roman Catholic Church, but his name was removed from the Roman Martyrology in 1586 by Pope Sixtus V on the advice of Baronius.

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