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Antiochus of Ascalon
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(c. 130 – c. 68 bce) was a Platonist and a pupil of Philo of Larissa, with whom he broke in the year 87 at the latest. In 79/78, Cicero heard him lecture in Athens; occasionally he traveled with Lucullus. The sources mention four of his works. It is unclear why he broke with Philo, whose Skepticism he had long supported, and took up Stoic ideas. He continued to consider himself a Platonist and tried to revive the old academy of Plato. He also maintained that the three great philosophical schools of the Platonists, the Peripatetics, and the Stoics had all expounded the philosophy of S…

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Hülser, Karlheinz, “Antiochus of Ascalon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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