Aeneas of Gaza : Theophrastus with Zacharias of Mytilene, by Donald Russell, John Dillon, Sebastian Gertz

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By Donald Russell, John Dillon, Sebastian Gertz

50 years sooner than Philoponus, Christians from Gaza, trying to effect Alexandrian Christians, defended the Christian trust in resurrection and the finite length of the area, and attacked rival Neoplatonist perspectives. Aeneas addresses an strange model of the nutrients chain argument opposed to resurrection, that bodies gets eaten via different creatures. Zacharias assaults the Platonist examples of synchronous construction, that have been the construction of sunshine, of shadow, and of a footprint within the sand. a fraction survives of a 3rd Gazan contribution via Procopius. Zacharias lampoons the Neoplatonist professor in Alexandria, Ammonius, and claims a number one function within the revolt which resulted in the cleverest Neoplatonist, Damascius, fleeing to Athens. It used to be merely Philoponus, even though, who was once capable of embarrass the Neoplatonists via arguing opposed to them on their lonesome terms.

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From him you might either learn what you are seeking, or you might learn that it is not at all fitting to seek an answer to this question from men. 10 20 EU. You are describing a god-send, if I should find along the Nile the philosophy of the Athenians, so as not to have to ply the wide sea to Translation 13 learn these things. Come then, let us go. For already you have made me an admirer of Theophrastus. 25 * * * AE. I have come bringing Euxitheus to you, Theophrastus, a rival lover, for he too is a lover of philosophy.

Aeneas refers to the Trinity only once, in a theological excursus from 44,1-45,4, and even then attempts to show, at 45,5-7, how the tenets of Christian faith are in agreement with the teaching of the Chaldaean Oracles, a collection of esoteric pronouncements with considerable authority for Platonist philosophers in his time. 3 3. Aeneas’ use of Plato Aeneas is not only well acquainted with the Platonic dialogues; he exhibits considerable sophistication in utilising them for literary purposes, in such a way as to indicate that he is writing for an audience of sufficient sophistication themselves to appreciate what he is doing.

If we move along to 4,16-17, where Theophrastus is being set up for the elenchus that Euxitheus is about to inflict on him, he utters two phrases in succession that seem significant. First he says ‘Go ahead, ask, if indeed you wish to do me a kindness’ (eiper moi boulei kharizesthai). This phrase seems borrowed from Rep. 430D, where, in the process of seeking for definitions of the four virtues, Glaucon is badgering Socrates to define self-control (sôphrosunê) for him before going on to justice, and employs the phrase ‘but if you wish to do me a kindness’ – to which Socrates readily assents.

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