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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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Birth, Death, and Divinity in Porphyry’s Life of Plotinus

Birth, Death, and Divinity in Porphyry’s Life of Plotinus

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(p.52) 2 Birth, Death, and Divinity in Porphyry’s Life of Plotinus
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Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity
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M. J. Edwards

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520223882.003.0003

This chapter examines the issues of birth, death, and divinity in Porphyry's biographical work Life of Plotinus. It argues that one of the cardinal aims of this work was to make the reader privy to a mystery hidden from all the pupils and antagonists of Plotinus during his lifetime, a mystery not even discovered by the biographer until a short time before he prepared the work. It provides commentaries on Porphyry's attribution of supernatural capacities to Plotinus and on the narrative of Plotinus' death.

Keywords:   Porphyry, Life of Plotinus, Plotinus, birth, death, divinity, biography

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