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  • From this point to the end of ch. 12 Plotinus is attacking a Gnostic myth known to us best at present in the form it took in the system of Valentinus. The Mother, Sophia Achamoth, produced as a result of the complicated sequence of events which followed the fall of the higher Sophia, and her offspring the Demiurge, the inferior and ignorant maker of the material universe, are Valentinian figures; cp. Irenaeus Adv. Haer. I .4 and 5. Valentinus had been in Rome, and there is nothing improbable in the presence of Valentinians there in the time of Plotinus. But the evidence in the Life ch. 16 suggests that the Gnostics in Plotinus’s circle belonged rather is the older group called Sethians or Archontics, related to the Ophites or Barbelognostics: they probably called themselves simply « Gnostics. » Gnostic sects borrowed freely from each other, and it is likely that Valentinus took some of his ideas about Sophia from older Gnostic sources, and that his ideas in turn influenced other Gnostics. The probably Sethian Gnostic library discovered at Nag Hammadi includes Valentinian treatises: cp. Puech, l.c. pp, 162-163 and 179-180.

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  • Luciana Santoprete
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    • Note 1 au Traité 33 (II, 9), 10, 7-18
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    • 264-265
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