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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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Alexandrian Schools of the Fifth Century

Alexandrian Schools of the Fifth Century

(p.204) Chapter 8 Alexandrian Schools of the Fifth Century
City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria

Edward J. Watts

University of California Press

In the past, independent Christian teachers would have raised challenges to such a strongly pagan curriculum, and the ideas of the Iamblichan teachers would have been attacked in Christian intellectual circles. By the mid-fifth century, however, such circles and their leaders do not seem to have existed in their traditional form. Furthermore, after the negative reactions to the murder of Hypatia, the Alexandrian church had shown little interest in the teachings of Neoplatonic philosophers. Because of this, the conflict between Christianity and Iamblichan teaching was a quiet one. Ultimately, the situation erupted in a violent confrontation that came to involve not only teachers and students but the entire Alexandrian Christian community. This chapter discusses the new breed of Athenian-trained professors teaching in Alexandrian schools, as well as the religious environment within these schools.

Keywords:   Alexandria, schools, Hypatia, Christianity, philosophy, neoplatonism

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