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Miracles, Miracle-workers
(1,676 words)

[German version]

I. Greco-Roman

Attempts were made to reconstruct the ancient type of the ‘holy man’ (ἱερὸς ἄνθρωπος/hieròs ánthrōpos and θεῖος ἀνήρ/theîos anḗr) or miracle-worker, primarily on the basis of satirical works by Lucianus of Samosata (especially in his ‘Alexander, ‘Peregrinus, and ‘Philopseudes), as well as Philostratus [5]'s vita of Apollonius [14] of Tyana (most recently [1]).

The terms most often used by the aforementioned authors for designating miracle-workers and their deeds are …

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Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen) and Wyrwa, Dietmar, “Miracles, Miracle-workers”, 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 16 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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