The Hellenistic Schoolroom


in Origen and the Life of the Stars

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780198263616
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682612 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Hellenistic Schoolroom

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This chapter explores a variety of sources to provide a philosophical background of Origen and discusses the changes in astronomy during the Hellenistic age. During this age, great strides were made in astronomy. In the philosophical schoolrooms, there was a broad consensus on the nature of the cosmos. The earth is a sphere, remaining motionless at the centre of the universe, surrounded by all the other heavenly bodies which were likewise spheres. Aside from the Epicureans, all the major philosophical schools in the Hellenistic era believed in the divinity of the stars. The concept of the stars' activity was partly shaped by older ideas on the place of heaven controlling generation and daily occurrences such as the weather, and was strengthened by the growing importance of astrology in the Hellenistic period.

Keywords: astronomy; Hellenistic age; Origen; astrology; Porphyry; Jerome

Chapter.  4377 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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