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Alexandrian School
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Collective term for the Neoplatonists who taught in Alexandria from the 5th to the 6th cents. AD, among them Hypatia, Hierocles, Hermias, Ammonius, David, Elias, Philoponus (the latter only to the extent that he published a number of commentaries by Ammonius). Here, the term ‘school’ does not imply a consistently organized institution of learning such as the Neoplatonic school in Athens. Instead, all teachers of Neoplatonism in Alexandria were economically independent. Most of the…

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Hadot, Pierre (Limours), “Alexandrian School”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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