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Philo of Alexandria
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(Philo Alexandrinus or Philo Judaeus; 20/10 bce – 45 [?] ce), best-known and most influential philosopher and exegete in ancient Judaism (I). Scarcely anything is known of his life. According to the historian Flavius Josephus, Philo belonged to one of the leading families of Alexandria. The only certain fact about his life is that he took part in a legation to the Roman emperor Caligula in 39/40 ce (Jos. Ant. XVIII 259f.), which he describes in his Legatio ad Gaium. From the fact that he was already of advanced age when he undertook this journey (he describes himself as gerṓn,…

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Veltri, Giuseppe, “Philo of Alexandria”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124376>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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