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Numenius of Apamea


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(fl. mid-2nd c. ad)

Platonist or possibly Pythagorean from Syria. Only fragments of his writings remain, but he appears to have been a radical dualist, interested in connecting Plato to the ancient wisdom of the Brahmins, Magi, and Jews; hence his description of Plato as ‘Moses speaking Attic’. He was a considerable influence on Plotinus and Neoplatonism.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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