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Religion and identity in Porphyry of Tyre : the limits of Hellenism in late antiquity

Author: Aaron P Johnson
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Series: Greek culture in the Roman world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Porphyry, a native of Phoenicia educated in Athens and Rome during the third century AD, was one of the most important Platonic philosophers of his age. In this book, Professor Johnson rejects the prevailing modern approach to his thought, which has posited an early stage dominated by 'Oriental' superstition and irrationality followed by a second rationalizing or Hellenizing phase consequent upon his move west and  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Religion and identity in Porphyry of Tyre
(NL-LeOCL)362689563
Named Person: Porphyry; Porphyry; Porphyrius
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron P Johnson
ISBN: 9781107012738 1107012732
OCLC Number: 813413674
Description: ix, 374 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. At the limits of Hellenism: an introduction --
Part I.A World Full of Gods : Porphyry the Theologian: 2. Porphyry's taxonomy of the divine; 3. Salvation, translation, and the limits of cult; 4. The master reader: contexts of translation --
Part II. A World Full of Nations: Porphyry the Ethnographer: 5. Knowledge and nations: Porphyry's ethnic argumentation; 6. Ethnic particularism and the limits of Hellenism; 7. The way home: transcending particularism --
Epilogue: translation after Porphyry.
Series Title: Greek culture in the Roman world.
Responsibility: Aaron P. Johnson.
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Explores the critical engagement of Porphyry of Tyre with the processes of Hellenism in late antiquity. Based on a careful treatment of all the relevant remains of Porphyry's work, the book argues  Read more...

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