Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, A Threat to Public Piety. Christians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution, Ithaca (NY), Londres, 2012.
Éditeur : Cornell University Press
ISBN : 978-0-8014-4181-3
Making use of evidence that has only recently been dated to this period, Digeser shows that a falling out between Neo-Platonist philosophers, specifically Iamblichus and Porphyry, lit the spark that fueled the Great Persecution. In the aftermath of this falling out, a group of influential pagan priests and philosophers began writing and speaking against Christians, urging them to forsake Jesus-worship and to rejoin traditional cults while Porphyry used his access to Diocletian to advocate persecution of Christians on the grounds that they were a source of impurity and impiety within the empire.
The first book to explore in depth the intellectual social milieu of the late third century, A Threat to Public Piety revises our understanding of the period by revealing the extent to which Platonist philosophers (Ammonius, Plotinus, Porphyry, and Iamblichus) and Christian theologians (Origen, Eusebius) came from a common educational tradition, often studying and teaching side by side in heterogeneous groups.
Table des matières
Introduction: From Permeable Circles to Hardened Boundaries
1. Ammonius Saccas and the Philosophy without Conflicts
2. Origen as a Student of Ammonius
3. Plotinus, Porphyry, and Philosophy in the Public Realm
4. Schism in the Ammonian Community: Porphyry v. Iamblichus
5. Schism in the Ammonian Community: Porphyry v. Methodius of Olympus
Conclusion: The Ammonian Community and the Great Persecution
Source : Cornell University Press
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