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This front matter section of this book Poetics of the Gnostic Universe, contains the table of contents and the preface. This volume is both an essay in Gnostic poetics and a study in the history of early Christian appropriation of ancient philosophy. The object of study is the cosmological model of the Apocryphon of John, a first-hand and fully narrated version of the Gnostic myth. The book is intended as an essay in Gnostic poetics. The universe of the Apocryphon of John is an anamorphic construction of high complexity, with tiers multiplied almost praeter necessitatem aeons, luminaries, archangels, angels, authorities, archons, demons, humans.

Keywords: ancient philosophy; Apocryphon of John; Christianity; Gnostic myth

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