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Simon the Magician, is known in history thanks to New Testament along with other ancient sources written by him before his death. The role of Simon is discussed as a Christian, Jew, pagan and founder of a new religion, magician, sorcerer and religious philosopher, among others.
Simon is believed to have been born in Samari, went to Gitta, and traveled to Rome in the time of Emperor Claudius (41 BC-54 BC).
Simon was raised a pagan and followed the path of the magic and sorcery For most of his life, however living in a world where Christianity and paganism existed, Simon was interested in the new Christian faith, especially because he expected the Holy Power to be merciful to mortals.
Impressed by the teachings of the Apostle PhilipSimon was baptized with many others from the city of Samari and went to trial after Philip viewed some of his work as miracles.
Simon even had his own religion, Simonianism.. According to the Simonians, the world was shaped differently from how the Romans and Christians believed and believed that Simon was the father in human form trying to gather knowledge and bring salvation to the people of the world.
Hippolytus, in its Philosophumena, details the doctrine of simonianism, explaining the system of divine emanations and interpretations of the Old Testament that was carried out in this new doctrine.
However, some researchers maintain that Hippolytus shows a more elaborate version of simonianism, being that the original doctrines of the cult were much simpler and close to the story of Justin martyr and Irenaeus.
Simon traveled through the ancient world, from Palestine and Syria, to Antioch, Egypt, and Rome, founding churches with his new teachings.
Some sources say that Simon died when he asked to be buried alive and show that he could escape, others nevertheless tell that died in a peaceful way near Antioch.
However, despite efforts in early Christianity to suppress the teachings of Simon the Great and his followers, the faith of the simonians has survived for 2,000 years, leaving today a functioning sect.