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City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria$
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Edward Watts

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244214

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244214.001.0001

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The Shifting Sands of Fourth-Century Alexandrian Cultural Life

The Shifting Sands of Fourth-Century Alexandrian Cultural Life

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(p.169) Chapter 7 The Shifting Sands of Fourth-Century Alexandrian Cultural Life
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City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria
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Edward J. Watts

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244214.003.0007

The first part of this chapter explores the ecclesiastical and intellectual causes of the Alexandrian Christian community's movement away from the philosophically influenced Christian intellectual circle. The second part of this chapter examines Alexandrian pagan schools and the role they played in the education of Christians in the second half of the fourth century. Two major strains of Platonic philosophical interpretation contested with one another in later fourth-century Alexandria. These include the Platonism developed by Plotinus and Porphyry and the theurgically influenced interpretation of Iamblichus. The chapter also presents an account of the career of Hypatia, a highly erudite woman who succeeded her father in heading the school which he founded. With its emphasis upon contemplation, Hypatia's training worked in typically Plotinian fashion. In her school, Christian students did not need to worry about their convictions conflicting with their training.

Keywords:   Alexandria, Platonism, Plotinus, Porphyry, Hypatia, Christianity, paganism, religion

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