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Nemesius of Emesa
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All we know about Nemesius (end of 4th cent. CE) comes from his sole extant treatise On the Nature of Man, dated in the last decade of the 4th century CE. The author, Nemesius, is presented as the bishop of Emesa in Syria, which is the only information given about him. Key to his dating is his references to the Christian authors Apollinarius of Laodicea and Eunomius of Cyzicus (fl. mid-4th cent. CE, d. c. 390–394 CE). Nemesius draws on Plato, Aristotle, Galen, Plotinus, Porphyry of Tyre, Iamblichus, and Origen. His employment of many sour…

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Karamanolis, George, “Nemesius of Emesa”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 October 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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