THIS EDITION HAS BEEN REPLACED BY A NEWER EDITION.
Novel and biography are joined in this literary work with a historical core. Philostratus’ life of the first century mystic from Tyana was written at the request of the empress Julia Domna. It portrays a man with supernatural powers, a Pythagorean who predicts the future, cures the sick, raises the dead, and himself prevails over death, ascending to heaven and later appearing to disciples to prove his immortality. The account has a rich and varied setting: Apollonius’ ministering carries him throughout the eastern Mediterranean world, as far south as Ethiopia, and eastward to India. Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius was long viewed by Christians as a dangerous attempt to set up a Christ-like rival.
This two-volume edition of the Life of Apollonius of Tyana includes, in the second volume, a collection of Apollonius’ letters and a treatise by the Christian bishop and historian Eusebius attacking Apollonius as a charlatan.
Also available by Philostratus ‘the Athenian’ in the Loeb Classical Library is his Lives of the Sophists, a treasury of information about notable sophists that yields a good picture of the predominant influence of Sophistic in the educational, social, and political life of the Empire in the 2nd and 3rd centuries.
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