Volume 59, Issue 1, June 2019
Patricio de Navascués
Nota a Ireneo, Adversus Haereses 1, 1, 1
Fuisse in immensis aeonibus
At the beginning of Irenaeus of Lyons’ Adversus Haereses, the doctrine of the Valentinian Ptolemy is presented using terms from the semantic field of time and eternity, which were undergoing a semantic evolution in contemporary Middle Platonic philosophy. These allow us to identify three phases, from a chronological point of view, at the beginning of the Valentinian myth: strict, supra-durational, eternity – eternity of indefinite duration – moment ante tempus.