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Author: Matthias Becker

reproached Christians for being bad teachers and Christ for being a “sorcerer” (γόης). 11 As I will argue in the following pages, traces of this pattern of the disparagement of sophists can also be found in Porphyry’s treatise Contra Christianos , which originally comprised 15 books and was written in the

In: Vigiliae Christianae
Author: Stephen Menn

Porphyry wrote two commentaries on Aristotle’s Categories . The shorter one, in question-and-answer format, is extant and has been edited most recently by Richard Bodéüs. 1 The longer commentary, in seven books, is lost, and was until recently known mainly from references in Simplicius

In: Phronesis

Introduction In Book 2 of his Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus , Proclus deals with Porphyry’s arguments against the second-century Platonist Atticus (c. 150-200). Atticus held three views which Porphyry rejected: that Plato admitted three interconnected principles, namely the Demiurge, the Forms, and Matter

In: The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition
Author: Massimo Raffa

A treasury of quotations from ancient authors, many of which are otherwise unknown, Porphyry’s Commentary on Claudius Ptolemy’s Harmonics is far from new to being plundered by scholars aiming at unearthing a previously undetected fragment, redefining the boundaries of one citation, or

In: Greek and Roman Musical Studies
Author: G. Fay Edwards

1 Introduction In book 3 of his treatise On Abstinence from Animal Food , Porphyry is traditionally taken to present one of his main reasons for vegetarianism, namely that animals are rational (albeit less so than man), and that it is, therefore, unjust to kill them for food. The vast

In: Phronesis

the same text of Julian, which examined his critique and Cyril’s response from the perspective of New Testament textual criticism. Abbreviations are from S. Schwertner ( 1993 ), pgl , and A. Blaise ( 1954 ). Julian and Porphyry both attacked the Christian concept of resurrection of the dead and in

In: The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition
Neoplatonic allegorical interpretation expounds how literary texts present philosophical ideas in an enigmatic and coded form, offering an alternative path to the divine truths. The Neoplatonist Porphyry’s On the Cave of the Nymphs is one of the most significant allegorical interpretation handed down to us from Antiquity. This monograph, exclusively dedicated to the analysis of On the Cave of Nymphs, demonstrates that Porphyry interprets Homer’s verse from Odyssey 13.102-112 to convey his philosophical thoughts, particularly on the material world, relationship between soul and body and the salvation of the soul through the doctrines of Plato and Plotinus. The Homeric cave of the nymphs with two gates is a station where the souls descend into genesis and ascend to the intelligible realm. Porphyry associates Odysseus’ long wanderings with the journey of the soul and its salvation from the irrational to rational through escape from all toils of the material world.
Author: Nilufer Akcay

of the Nymphs (hereafter De Antro Nauck ), Porphyry analyses these lines and provides a setting for an allegorical interpretation of the Odyssey as a narrative of the cyclical journey of the human soul. The Odyssey as a whole, in which is narrated Odysseus’ laborious journey back to Ithaca and

In: The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition

Porphyry and Traditions of Interpretation While one is speaking of the history of doctrines there is no difficulty about speaking of ‘Porphyry’s Place in the Platonic Tradition’. It is easy to think of Porphyry as occupying a pivotal position, linked closely to Plotinus, in a chain that moves

In: Méthexis

[German Version] (orig. Malchus; 234, Tyre – before 305, Rome), Neoplatonic philosopher (Neoplatonism). After studying in Athens with Longinus, Porphyry went to Rome in 263 to study with Plotinus; when the latter died in 270, Porphyry published his writings and carried on his school. The focus of

In: Religion Past and Present Online