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date: 27 January 2022

Porphyrylocked

, 234–c. 305 ce

Porphyrylocked

, 234–c. 305 ce
  • Andrew Smith

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He was born probably at Tyre; originally bore the Syrian name Malchus; studied under *Cassius Longinus at Athens; became a devoted disciple of *Plotinus with whom he studied in Rome (263–268 ce). His varied writings (sixty-nine titles can be listed with reasonable certainty) may be put into the following categories.1. Commentaries and introductions to *Aristotle: only the influential Isagogē and the shorter commentary on the Categories survive. There are fragments of a larger commentary on the Categories and of commentaries on De interpretatione, Ethics, Physics, and Metaphysics.2. Commentaries on *Plato (1): extensive fragments of a Timaeus commentary, evidence for commentaries (or at least treatment of select topics) on Cratylus, Parmenides, Phaedo, Philebus, Republic, and Sophist.3. Our edition of Plotinus' Enneads arranged into sets of nine treatises; also a lost commentary on the Enneads.4. Historical work includes scholarly research on chronology which may have formed a separate work (Chronica) or part of his Against the Christians and a history of philosophy down to Plato, from which the extant Life of Pythagoras (see pythagoras(1)) is an excerpt.

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  • Philosophy

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