By Aeneas of Gaza, Zacharias of Mytilene
50 years prior to Philoponus, Christians from Gaza, trying to effect Alexandrian Christians, defended the Christian trust in resurrection and the finite period of the realm, and attacked rival Neoplatonist perspectives. Aeneas addresses an strange model of the nutrients chain argument opposed to resurrection, that bodies gets eaten through different creatures. Zacharias assaults the Platonist examples of synchronous production, that have been the construction of sunshine, of shadow, and of a footprint within the sand. a fraction survives of a 3rd Gazan contribution by means of Procopius. Zacharias lampoons the Neoplatonist professor in Alexandria, Ammonius, and claims a number one position within the rebellion which resulted in the cleverest Neoplatonist, Damascius, fleeing to Athens. It was once simply Philoponus, in spite of the fact that, who was once capable of embarrass the Neoplatonists by way of arguing opposed to them all alone terms.
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But, nevertheless, neither did they demonstrate any such thing to Alexander, nor later, when they sent a letter to the Hellenes, attacking the philosophy of the Greeks and glorifying their own, did they include in the letter anywhere any such preposterous claim. If therefore no one either of the earlier nor of the later writers supports the account, Apollonius, since he alone relates these falsehoods, is exposed as a liar. Hierocles, not our teacher but the purveyor of wondrous tales,75 added also this following improbable story: that a young male prostitute – the young fellow was a Corcyrean – was on a voyage with his lover Myron, and, when the boat anchored at some deserted spot, he disembarked and then fell to lamenting, on recalling that here some one of his lovers in a previous life, having failed to seduce him, hanged himself, and he wept because he had not gratified him before he died.
A contrary wind forced my ship off course and cut short my journey. So here I am with you, gazing at the Nile, not the Ilissus, at Pharos, not Piraeus. 2,1 5 12 10 15 20 3,1 5 Aeneas of Gaza: Theophrastus AE. Truly I am deeply thankful to that wind, because it has forced you to dock your ship amongst friends. Or do you not remember the philosophy of Hierocles,6 in whose school we studied from childhood with much mutual affection, and also had many lovers? Now as for me, I do not know that I ever felt such grief as when you sailed away from us and loaded yourself down with manifold wisdom among the Syrians.
Not at all. For thus my land would only have gone back to wilderness! EU. Do you not, therefore, rather praise the one who continued farming because, even though it was possible for him to go to town and to binge with the lover, he rejected pleasure in favour of noble labour done by the sweat of his brow? 15 20 23,1 5 TH. Of course, if I want my grapes to do well. But one ought to preserve the good, while either not producing the bad at all, or at least destroy them as soon as they are born. EU.