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Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity$
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Tomas Hagg

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223882

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223882.001.0001

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Philosophic Lives and the Philosophic Life

Philosophic Lives and the Philosophic Life

Porphyry and lamblichus

(p.29) 1 Philosophic Lives and the Philosophic Life
Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity

Gillian Clark

University of California Press

This chapter examines the philosophic biography of Platonist philosophers Porphyry and Iamblichus. It provides commentaries on some of the biographical works of these philosophers including Porphyry's On Abstinence and Life of Plotinus, and Imablichus' Life of Pythagoras. It suggests that On Abstinence portrays the ideal philosopher who is detached from worldly concerns while the other works are not freestanding biography as they are part of a larger project.

Keywords:   philosophic biography, Porphyry, Iamblichus, On Abstinence, Life of Plotinus, Life of Pythagoras, ideal philosopher

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