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Universal Salvation in Late AntiquityPorphyry of Tyre and the Pagan-Christian Debate$
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Michael Bland Simmons

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190202392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190202392.001.0001

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Porphyry of Tyre

Porphyry of Tyre

Life and Historical Context

(p.3) 1 Porphyry of Tyre
Universal Salvation in Late Antiquity

Michael Bland Simmons

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes all the important data related to Porphyry’s life and career as a Neoplatonic philosopher, beginning with his place of birth, Tyre, Phoenicia, and continuing with his early studies under Origen of philology and other subjects at the Academy in Athens, and finally, becoming a disciple of Plotinus in Rome. The life of Porphyry is placed in its historical, social, and cultural contexts with a focus upon the fact that Phoenicia was a cultural melting pot of the Greco-Roman world.

Keywords:   Tyre, Caesarea, Phoenicia, Longinus, Origen, Athens, Plotinus

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