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The Life of Apollonius of Tyana

Flavius Philostratus

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Apollonius of Tyana (ca. 40-120 AD) was a Greek Pythagorean philosopher and teacher. He hailed from the town of Tyana in the Roman province of Cappadocia in Asia Minor. His date of birth is a matter of conjecture as some say he was roughly a contemporary of Jesus. After Apollonius' death his name remained famous among philosophers and occultists. In a "novelistic invention" inserted in the Historia Augusta, Aurelian, at the siege of Tyana in 272, was said to have experienced a visionary dream in which Aurelian claimed to have seen Apollonius speak to him, beseeching him to spare the city of his birth. In part, Aurelian said that Apollonius told him "Aurelian, if you desire to rule, abstain from the blood of the innocent! Aurelian, if you will conquer, be merciful!" By far the most detailed source is the Life of Apollonius of Tyana, a lengthy, novelistic biography written by the sophist Philostratus at the request of empress Julia Domna. Philostratus’ account shaped the image of Apollonius for posterity and still dominates discussions about him in our times. To some extent it is a valuable source because it contains data from older writings which were available to Philostratus but disappeared later on. Many think that it is full of obviously fictitious stories and dialogues. Modern Christian scholars challenge its credibility in many regards. They dismiss most of it as pure invention. One of the essential sources Philostratus claimed to know are the memoirs or diary of Damis, an alleged disciple and companion of Apollonius. Some scholars believe the notebooks of Damis are an invention of Philostratus. In any case it is a literary fake. Philostratus describes Apollonius as a wandering teacher of philosophy and miracle worker who was active in Italy, Spain and Ethiopia and even travelled to Mesopotamia, Arabia and India. In particular, he tells lengthy stories of Apollonius entering the city of Rome in disregard of emperor Nero’s ban on philosophers, and later on being summoned, as a defendant to the court of emp

Language:

English

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LibriVox Community

Length:

18h 20m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

21:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

30:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

29:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

25:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

24:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

27:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

31:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

26:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

25:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

28:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

20:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

25:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

27:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

33:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

54:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

25:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

26:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

25:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

24:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

11:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

32:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

36:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

25:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

20:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

22:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

26:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

15:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

27:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

24:16


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

27:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

28:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

14:35