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Maximus of Tyre
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[German Version]

(c. 125 – c. 182), rhetorician with philosophical aspirations who was imbued with the ideas of late Platonism, of the Stoics, and of Cynicism (Cynics). A written work containing lectures (διαλέξεις/dialéxeis) has been preserved. The lectures are eclectic and lack philosophical originality, but are characterized by rhetorical brilliance and didactic skill. Thematically, they offer reflections on the religio-philosophical and ethical discussion in the environment of early Christianity.


Works: Maximi Tyrii Philosophi Platonici…

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Figal, Günter, “Maximus of Tyre”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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