Origen

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 17092, f. 130v

Origen (approx. 185-253/4 AD)

Although the name “Origen” (Engl. “child of Horus”) is derived from pagan contexts, the Christian theologian of this name grew up the son of Christian parents in the ancient city of learning, Alexandria. This place played an important role in his life until he was forced to resettle in the port city of Caesarea/Palaestina at the beginning of the third decade of the third century. In Alexandria, Origen studied not only the sciences in accordance with the educational canon of antiquity but also philosophy in the context of the emerging neoplatonism.