Heracleon had previously used it (see Origen, In Evang.
There Heracleon, the court favourite and murderer of Antiochus Grypus, was born and made himself a principality (96 B.C.); and there the son of the latter king besieged his brother Philip in the last struggle for the heritage of Seleucus.
It was used by the Gnostic Heracleon and probably by the unknown writer of the epistle to Diognetus.
HERACLEON, a Gnostic who flourished about A.D.
Though conspicuously uniting faith in Christ with spiritual maturity, there are evidences that, like other Valentinians, Heracleon did not sufficiently emphasize abstinence from the moral laxity and worldliness into which his followers fell.
It must be noted, however, that Matthew and Levi were sometimes distinguished in early times, as by Heracleon (c. 170 A.D.), and more dubiously by Origen (c. Celsum, i.
According to the Gnostic Heracleon, quoted by Clement of Alexandria (Strom.