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(orig. Malchus; 234, Tyre – before 305, Rome), Neoplatonic philosopher (Neoplatonism). After studying in Athens with Longinus, Porphyry went to Rome in 263 to study with Plotinus; when the latter died in 270, Porphyry published his writings and carried on his school. The focus of his thought was the redemption of the soul and its return to God. He developed a trinitarian concept of God that was a fundamental source for the 4th-century Christian dogma of the Trinity (III, 1). Anticipating Augustine of Hippo…

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Halfwassen, Jens, “Porphyry”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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