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Apollonius of Tyana
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According to Philostratus, Apollonius was born at Tyana in Cappadocia about the beginning of the Christian era and lived until the reign of Nerva (96–98 ce). He had a miraculous conception and birth. After finishing his studies, he became an ascetic philosopher in the tradition of Pythagoras. He foretold the future and performed other miraculous deeds. He traveled to Mesopotamia, Persia, India, and Egypt. Although he opposed animal sacrifice, he restored the neglected rites of many temples. He admonished emperors (Nero and Domitian). After he died (or withdrew …

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Collins, Adela Yarbro, “Apollonius of Tyana”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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