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Philosophic Lives and the Philosophic Life

Gillian Clark

in Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520223882
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925052 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0002
Philosophic Lives and the Philosophic Life

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This chapter examines the philosophic biography of Platonist philosophers Porphyry and Iamblichus. It provides commentaries on some of the biographical works of these philosophers including Porphyry's On Abstinence and Life of Plotinus, and Imablichus' Life of Pythagoras. It suggests that On Abstinence portrays the ideal philosopher who is detached from worldly concerns while the other works are not freestanding biography as they are part of a larger project.

Keywords: philosophic biography; Porphyry; Iamblichus; On Abstinence; Life of Plotinus; Life of Pythagoras; ideal philosopher

Chapter.  9086 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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