Gnosticism Timeline

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  • c. 50 CE - c. 60 CE
    Establishment of various Christian communities in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Egypt, and at least the city of Rome.
  • c. 65 CE - c. 100 CE
    The tales of the life and work of Jesus (gospels) composed.
  • c. 120 CE - c. 140 CE
    Gnostic schools, including one led by Basilides in Alexandria, flourish.
  • c. 150 CE
    The Gospel of Truth is thought to be written by Valentius, a Gnostic teacher from Alexandria.
  • 312 CE
    Roman emperor Constantine I tolerates Christianity.
  • 1945 CE
    Gnostic writings, collectively known as The Nag Hammadi Library, are discovered.