By Aeneas of Gaza, Zacharias of Mytilene
50 years earlier than Philoponus, Christians from Gaza, trying to impression Alexandrian Christians, defended the Christian trust in resurrection and the finite length of the area, and attacked rival Neoplatonist perspectives. Aeneas addresses an strange model of the nutrients chain argument opposed to resurrection, that bodies gets eaten via different creatures. Zacharias assaults the Platonist examples of synchronous construction, which have been the creation of sunshine, of shadow, and of a footprint within the sand. a fraction survives of a 3rd Gazan contribution by way of Procopius. Zacharias lampoons the Neoplatonist professor in Alexandria, Ammonius, and claims a number one position within the revolt which resulted in the cleverest Neoplatonist, Damascius, fleeing to Athens. It used to be in basic terms Philoponus, even if, who used to be in a position to embarrass the Neoplatonists via arguing opposed to them on their lonesome terms.
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Even the lowest part of creation, Euxitheus goes on to argue, has its proper place in the universal order, and must not be dismissed by comparison with superior beings (23,15-23). Here, again, Plotinus is in the offing: Enn. 1-9 warns against attaching blame on plants for not having sense-perception, or on animals for being unlike men. Aeneas, to be sure, adds some rhetorical flourish to his source, and spends more time on examples. The substance of his thought, however, is already in Plotinus.
XIX), that he may have been the son of a doctor called Elpidius, and such a background would be entirely suitable. From his own writings,2 we can deduce that he studied philosophy in Alexandria at the school of the distinguished Neoplatonist Hierocles, who taught between about 430 and 470 AD. This would indicate a birthdate of around 450 at the latest, since he would have been sent to study with Hierocles in his mid to late teens. From a series of references in the Letters, including a number of correspondents in common, we can deduce that Aeneas was a slightly older contemporary of his fellow-citizen, the sophist and rhetorician Procopius of Gaza (c.
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