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(Πορφύριος; Porphýrios), Neoplatonist philosopher and scholar.

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A. Life

P. (c. AD 234 -305/310) came from a wealthy family of Phoenician Tyre (Tyrus). Nothing is known of his childhood. At Athens he studied mathematics under Demetrius, grammar with Apollonius, rhetoric with Minucianus and especially philology, literary criticism and philosophy with the great scholar Longinus [1], a representative of Middle Platonism. Possibly on Longinus' rec…

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Chase, Michael (Victoria, BC) and Harmon, Roger (Basle), “Porphyrius”, 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 27 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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