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Arnobius and the Age of Diocletian

Michael Bland Simmons

in Arnobius of Sicca: Religious Conflict and Competition in the Age of Diocletian

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198149132
eISBN:
9780191672415
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198149132.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter presents an introduction to Arnobius, his work, and the main issues of the age in which he lived. The first section examines to what extent, based upon Jerome's testimony and the ... More


Schism in the Ammonian Community: Porphyry v. Methodius of Olympus

Elizabeth DePalma Digeser

in A Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801441813
eISBN:
9780801463969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801441813.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the ripple effect of Porphyry of Tyre's arguments against universalism within the branch of the Ammonian community represented by Origen's heirs. In Porphyry's view, both ... More


Schism in the Ammonian Community: Porphyry v. Iamblichus

Elizabeth DePalma Digeser

in A Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801441813
eISBN:
9780801463969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801441813.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the rift between Porphyrians and Iamblichaeans, the earliest evidence for which appears in Porphyry of Tyre's treatise On Abstinence. More specifically, it analyzes the debate ... More


Conclusion: The Ammonian Community and the Great Persecution

Elizabeth DePalma Digeser

in A Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801441813
eISBN:
9780801463969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801441813.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This book has argued that the ideas and networks of a small group of philosophers such as Porphyry of Tyre, Origen, Ammonius Saccas, Plotinus, and Iamblichus of Chalcis strongly influenced the ... More


Plotinus, Porphyry, and Philosophy in the Public Realm

Elizabeth DePalma Digeser

in A Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801441813
eISBN:
9780801463969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801441813.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines how Plotinus took Ammonius Saccas's ideas to Rome and how he brought into sharp focus the role that Platonist philosophy played in the third-century public sphere. It first ... More


Introduction: From Permeable Circles to Hardened Boundaries

Elizabeth DePalma Digeser

in A Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801441813
eISBN:
9780801463969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801441813.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This book traces the origins of the so-called Great Persecution, the Roman Empire's last and longest campaign compelling Christians to uphold traditional religious norms. Executed by the emperor ... More


Arnobius of Sicca: Religious Conflict and Competition in the Age of Diocletian

Michael Bland Simmons

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198149132
eISBN:
9780191672415
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198149132.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Arnobius of Sicca, in North Africa, was a Christian convert writing in the time of the Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century ad. His most famous work, Against the Pagans, was written shortly after ... More


Ammonius Saccas and the Philosophy without Conflicts

Elizabeth DePalma Digeser

in A Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801441813
eISBN:
9780801463969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801441813.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the “Ammonian community” from its formation under the tutelage of Ammonius Saccas. It considers the role of Ammonius's heirs in the theology and politics of the late third ... More


Origen as a Student of Ammonius

Elizabeth DePalma Digeser

in A Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801441813
eISBN:
9780801463969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801441813.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines the question of Origen's identity as well as his appropriation of Ammonius Saccas's teachings and how Ammonius's legacy evolved along a Christian path. It considers the ... More


A Threat to Public Piety: Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution

Elizabeth DePalma Digeser

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801441813
eISBN:
9780801463969
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801441813.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This book re-examines the origins of the Great Persecution (AD 303–313), the last eruption of pagan violence against Christians before Constantine enforced the toleration of Christianity within the ... More


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