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Headword: Porphurios
Adler number: pi,2098
Translated headword: Porphyrios, Porphyrius, Porphyry
Vetting Status: high
He who wrote against [the] Christians; [he] who was properly called King;[1] from Tyre, a philosopher, student of Amelios who was a student of Plotinos, and teacher of Iamblichos.[2] He flourished in the time of Aurelian and lasted until the emperor Diocletian. He wrote very many books, on philosophy and rhetoric and grammar. He was also a student of the critic Longinus.[3] [He wrote] On Divine Names, 1 [book]; On First Principles, 2; On Matter, 6; On the Soul against Boethus, 5; About Abstinence from Animate Creatures, 4; On 'Know Yourself',[4] 4; On Incorporeal Beings; On the Sect of Plato and Aristotle being One 6;[5] [Commentary] on the [Oracles] of Julian the Chaldean; Philosophical History in 4 books;[6] 15 speeches against the Christians; On the Philosophy of Homer; Against Aristotle in the matter of the Soul being Entelechy; 5 books of Philological Investigation; On Generation and Form and Difference and Uniqueness and Accidence; On the Sources of the Nile according to Pindar; 10 books of Tips for Kings out of Homer; 6 of Mixed Investigations; [Commentary] on the Prologue of Thucydides; Against Aristides, 6; [Commentary] on Minucian's Art of Rhetoric;[7] and lots of other works, especially astronomical; among them an Introduction to Astronomy in three books; also Grammatical Cruces.
This man is the Porphyry who wagged his wicked tongue against the Christians.
Greek Original:
Porphurios, ho kata Christianôn grapsas: hos kuriôs ekaleito Basileus: Turios, philosophos, mathêtês Ameliou tou Plôtinou mathêtou, didaskalos de Iamblichou, gegonôs epi tôn chronôn Aurêlianou kai parateinas heôs Dioklêtianou tou basileôs. egrapse biblia pampleista, philosopha te kai rhêtorika kai grammatika. ên de kai Longinou tou kritikou akroasamenos. Peri theiôn onomatôn a#, Peri archôn b#, Peri hulês #2#, Peri psuchês pros Boêthon e#, Peri apochês empsuchôn d#, Peri tou Gnôthi sauton d#, Peri asômatôn, Peri tou mian einai tên Platônos kai Aristotelous hairesin z#, Eis tên Ioulianou tou Chaldaiou philosophon historian en bibliois d#, Kata Christianôn logous ie#, Peri tês Homêrou philosophias. Pros Aristotelên tou einai tên psuchên entelecheian, Philologou historias biblia e#, Peri genous kai eidous kai diaphoras kai idiou kai sumbebêkotos, Peri tôn kata Pindaron tou Neilou pêgôn, Peri tês ex Homêrou ôpheleias tôn basileôn biblia i#, Summiktôn zêtêmatôn z#, Eis to Thoukudidou prooimion, Pros Aristeidên z#, Eis tên Minoukianou technên, kai alla pleista, kai malista astronomoumena: en hois kai Eisagôgên astronomoumenôn en bibliois trisi: kai Grammatikas aporias. houtos estin ho Porphurios ho tên kata Christianôn ephubriston glôssan kinêsas.
234-c.305 AD. See also pi 2099, web address 1, web address 2, and generally OCD4 Porphyry.
[1] A more familiar Greek synonym of the Syrian name (which in Greek is transliterated as) Malkhos.
[2] cf. alpha 1549, pi 1811.
[3] lambda 645.
[4] The famous Delphic maxim: see gamma 334, cf. gamma 333.
[5] As noted by Gerson (2005: 9), this work in six books displays the Neoplatonic interest to argue for the harmony between Plato and Aristotle. This line corresponds to Porphyry's frag. 239T (ed. Smith).
[6] Valesius conjectured ta\ instead of th\n, because the commentary on the Oracles of Julian the Chaldean should be distinguished from the Philosophical History (pointed out by Yvan Bubloz). On Julian the Chaldaean, see iota 433.
[7] See mu 1087.
E.R. Dodds, "New Light on the 'Chaldean Oracles'", Harvard Theological Review 54 (1961): 267
L. Gerson, Aristotle and Other Platonists, Ithaca and London 2005
Hans Lewy, Chaldean Oracles and Theurgy, Paris, Études Augustiniennes, 1978, 449-452
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; Christianity; chronology; epic; ethics; food; geography; historiography; philosophy; poetry; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 10 June 2002@16:28:03.
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