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Origen

origenes adamantius) (c.185-c.254. Alexandrian theologian. Most of the information about his life is found in the sixth book of Eusebius's* Ecclesiastical History; a panegyric by [[Gregory Thaumaturgus]],* a disciple of Origen; Jerome's* Of Illustrious Men; and in the fragment of an apology written by Eusebius and Pamphilus.* Origen, born in Egypt and raised by Christian parents, studied under Clement* in the Catechetical School in Alexandria. During the persecution of Septimus Severus in 202, his father, Leonidas, was captured and martyred. Origen's wish to die with his father was prevented when his mother hid his clothes. He was able to continue his study after his father's death because of the generosity of a wealthy widow. He became, and remained for twenty-eight years, the head of the Catechetical School while pursuing an ascetic and extremely pious life. In his early manhood he apparently took the passage of Matthew 19:12 literally (cf. KJV) and castrated himself.