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Basilides (bəsĭlˈĭdēz) [key], fl. 120–145, Gnostic teacher of Alexandria. He wrote Exegitica (his personal gospel with 24 books of commentary) and poems. He claimed to possess a secret tradition handed down from St. Peter and St. Matthias. The Basilidean sect of Gnosticism attracted many followers.

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