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3. The School of Alexandria
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In Chapter 1, The Late Ancient Background

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This happened instead in Alexandria, where a tradition of philosophical study had likewise been flourishing for some time (Vinzent 2000 [*83: 67–74], Watts 2006 [*111: 187–209]). Since the middle of the 5th century it had closely been connected with the school of Athens (Westerink 1990 [*52: 325], Sorabji 2004 [*105: I 9]). Nevertheless the Alexandrians managed to continue with their lecture courses even when all teaching activities were stalled at Athens. They were thus able to offer a qualifi…

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Ulrich Rudolph, “3. The School of Alexandria”, in: Philosophy in the Islamic World Online: 8th-10th Centuries. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2017

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