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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 Coming Revolution

The Coming Revolution

(p.232) Chapter 9 The Coming Revolution
City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria

Edward J. Watts

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the apparent move to Christianize the teaching of philosophy in Alexandria through published texts aimed to attack the traditional Neoplatonic doctrine of the eternity of the world and the teachers who presented it. In its place, the opponents of the Neoplatonic doctrine looked to establish a set of teachings that affirmed the created nature of the world and Christian teachings about its eventual destruction. These goals were joined to an equally strong desire to keep students reading the more accomplished Christian authors of late antiquity. This chapter also presents a historical account of the events leading to the uncertainties that occurred in Ammonius's school after his death in 517. It discusses the opposition of Christians to Olympiodorus who eventually replaced Ammonius as head of the school.

Keywords:   Alexandria, neoplatonism, Christianity, Christian doctrine, Ammonius, Olympiodorus, philosophy

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