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The Coming Revolution

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520244214.003.0009
The Coming Revolution

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This chapter discusses the apparent move to Christianize the teaching of philosophy in Alexandria through published texts aimed to attack the traditional Neoplatonic doctrine of the eternity of the world and the teachers who presented it. In its place, the opponents of the Neoplatonic doctrine looked to establish a set of teachings that affirmed the created nature of the world and Christian teachings about its eventual destruction. These goals were joined to an equally strong desire to keep students reading the more accomplished Christian authors of late antiquity. This chapter also presents a historical account of the events leading to the uncertainties that occurred in Ammonius's school after his death in 517. It discusses the opposition of Christians to Olympiodorus who eventually replaced Ammonius as head of the school.

Keywords: Alexandria; neoplatonism; Christianity; Christian doctrine; Ammonius; Olympiodorus; philosophy

Chapter.  12710 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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