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Porphyry of Gaza
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(c. 247, Thessalonica – Feb 26, 420), bishop c. 395–420, previously staurophylax in Jerusalem. His vita, preserved in divergent Greek, Syriac, and Georgian recensions (dependence unsettled, pace Peeters), is said to have been composed by his deacon Marcus, but it cannot antedate the mid-5th century. The subject of the vita, one of the most colorful pictures of the struggle between paganism and Christianity in Late Antiquity, is the work of Porphyry in Gaza: his fostering of the small Christian community, his mobilization of imperial support against the…

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Hahn, Johannes, “Porphyry of Gaza”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 December 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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