Aeneas of Gaza on the Soul

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Champion, Michael. (2011) Aeneas of Gaza on the Soul. In A. Mackay (Ed.). Australasian Society for Classical Studies. New Zealand: Australian Society for Classical Studies. pp. 1 - 11
AuthorsChampion, Michael
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Aeneas of Gaza’s late fifth-century dialogue the Theophrastus investigates philosophical theories about the pre-existence and immortality of the soul in the course of making a Christian case against the Neoplatonic doctrine of the eternity of the world. I explore Aeneas’ knowledge of theories about the soul in the Greek philosophical tradition and his rebuttals of them. Aeneas’ arguments are indebted to earlier philosophers and touch on Origenist ideas most likely arising in local monasteries. His arguments about the pre-existence of the soul thus illumine creative interactions between Christians and philosophers, monks and school-men in late antique Gaza.

Year2011
PublisherAustralian Society for Classical Studies
Web address (URL)http://www.ascs.org.au/news/ascs32/Champion.pdf
Open accessOpen access
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Journal citation32, pp. 1 - 11
Page range1 - 11
ISBN81670445203
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Place of publicationNew Zealand
EditorsA. Mackay
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