Clement of Alexandria (Titus Flavius Clemens), born about the middle of the 2nd century, and died between 211 and 216. Born in Athens of wealthy pagan parents he was highly educated as shown by his constant quotation of the Greek poets and philosophers. He traveled in Greece, Italy, Palestine, and finally Egypt. He became the colleague of Pantaenus, the head of the catechetical school of Alexandria, and finally succeeded him as the director of the school. One of his pupils was Origen.

Clement wrote several works in Alexandria, the most important being:

  • Protreptikos an exhortation to the pagans of Greece to adopt Christianity, and within it Clement demonstrates his extensive knowledge of pagan mythology and theology.
  • Paidagogos (The Instructor) Refers to Christ as the teacher of all mankind, and it features an extended metaphor of Christians as children. It is not simply instructional: the author intends to show how the Christian should respond to the Love of God authentically.
  • Stromata (Miscellanies) Clement affirms that philosophy had a function for the Greek, similar to the function of the law for the Jews. His discussion continues with the origins of Greek culture and technology, arguing that most of the important figures in the Greek world were foreigners. He asserts that Jewish culture was the most significant influence on Greece.  10/21/12  10/21/12  10/21/12