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Approaching Late AntiquityThe Transformation from Early to Late Empire$
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Simon Swain and Mark Edwards

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297375

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297375.001.0001

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Philosophy as a Profession in Late Antiquity

Philosophy as a Profession in Late Antiquity

(p.401) 15 Philosophy as a Profession in Late Antiquity
Approaching Late Antiquity

John Dillon

Oxford University Press

In the spring of 263, in his thirtieth year, the philosopher Porphyry, originally of Tyre, but for some years previously studying with the distinguished Platonist Longinus at Athens, decided on a career move and set out, with one companion, for Rome to join the circle of the rather avant-garde and somewhat mysterious philosopher Plotinus. This chapter considers what sort of a set-up he found when he got there, and what sort of a set-up he had left behind him in Athens.

Keywords:   Porphyry, philosophers, Late Antiquity, Plotinus, Rome, Athens

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