Porphyry (Greek scholar)

Porphyry (pôr´fĬrē), c.232–c.304, Greek scholar and Neoplatonic philosopher. He studied rhetoric under Cassius Longinus and philosophy under Plotinus. He later lectured in Rome on the philosophy of Plotinus and was the teacher of the Neoplatonist Iamblichus. He wrote lives of Pythagoras and of Plotinus and edited the Enneads of Plotinus. He wrote extensively against Christianity and on rhetorical and literary themes. His most influential work is the Isagoge, an introduction to the logic of Aristotle, which became a standard medieval text.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Middle Platonism and Neoplatonism: The Latin Tradition
Ralph McInerny; Stephen Gersh.
University of Notre Dame Press, vol.2, 1986
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Porphyry in multiple chapters
The Anatomy of Neoplatonism
A. C. Lloyd.
Clarendon Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Porphyrian Semantics"
Arnobius of Sicca: Religious Conflict and Competition in the Age of Diocletian
Michael Bland Simmons.
Clarendon Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "The Divinity of Christ and the Mortality of the Gods: Arnobius' Response to Porphyry's Hecatean Oracle and Commentary," Chap. 9 "The Mortality of the Gods: A Predominantly Literary Retortion of Porphyry's Rejection of Christ's Divinity," and "The
Pythagoras Revived: Mathematics and Philosophy in Late Antiquity
Dominic J. O'Meara.
Clarendon Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: "Porphyry" begins on p. 25
The Theories of Instinct: A Study in the History of Psychology
E. C. Wilm.
Yale University Press, 1925
Librarian’s tip: Chap. IV "Psychologizing Tendencies: Plutarch, Celsus, and Porphyry"
The Theory of Universals
R. I. Aaron.
Clarendon Press, 1952
Librarian’s tip: Chap. I "Porphyry's Problem"
The Neo-Platonists: A Study in the History of Hellenism
Thomas Whittaker.
Cambridge University Press, 1928 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Porphyry" begins on p. 107
Apologetics in the Roman Empire: Pagans, Jews, and Christians
Mark J. Edwards; Martin Goodman; Simon Price; Christopher Rowland.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Against the Christians" begins on p. 235
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