11 July

Bardaisan was born in Edessa and is the creator of the Bardaisanites an offshoot of Mesopotamian religion named after him, which formed the basis of the teachings of the gnostic Mani.

He is known for trying to synthesize Christian and Occult beliefs and was seen as a heretic by Christians. He also thought the sun, moon and planets were living beings, to whom, under God, the government of this world was largely entrusted; and though man was free, he was strongly influenced for good or for evil by the constellations.