Alexandrian Schools of the Fifth Century

Edward J. Watts

in City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780520244214
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931800 | DOI:
Alexandrian Schools of the Fifth Century

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In the past, independent Christian teachers would have raised challenges to such a strongly pagan curriculum, and the ideas of the Iamblichan teachers would have been attacked in Christian intellectual circles. By the mid-fifth century, however, such circles and their leaders do not seem to have existed in their traditional form. Furthermore, after the negative reactions to the murder of Hypatia, the Alexandrian church had shown little interest in the teachings of Neoplatonic philosophers. Because of this, the conflict between Christianity and Iamblichan teaching was a quiet one. Ultimately, the situation erupted in a violent confrontation that came to involve not only teachers and students but the entire Alexandrian Christian community. This chapter discusses the new breed of Athenian-trained professors teaching in Alexandrian schools, as well as the religious environment within these schools.

Keywords: Alexandria; schools; Hypatia; Christianity; philosophy; neoplatonism

Chapter.  13871 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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