By Donald Russell, John Dillon, Sebastian Gertz
50 years ahead of Philoponus, Christians from Gaza, looking to effect Alexandrian Christians, defended the Christian trust in resurrection and the finite length 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 by means of different creatures. Zacharias assaults the Platonist examples of synchronous production, that have been the creation of sunshine, of shadow, and of a footprint within the sand. a fraction survives of a 3rd Gazan contribution via Procopius. Zacharias lampoons the Neoplatonist professor in Alexandria, Ammonius, and claims a number one position within the rebellion which ended in the cleverest Neoplatonist, Damascius, fleeing to Athens. It used to be purely Philoponus, even though, who was once capable of embarrass the Neoplatonists through arguing opposed to them on their lonesome terms.
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80 If therefore, this is a cause of good, how could it be evil? But licentiousness and greed and ignorance and cowardliness are and are called the most shameful of evils, which have no share in the good; but happiness is always present, and it is not right that it should be absent, if indeed moderation and justice and courage and prudence are true happiness, no part of which is absent from good men. One who chooses to do injustice will not detract from these things; for he cannot. Of course, he is able to rob one’s purse and to cut up one’s body, but he is not able to detract in any way from happiness.
Aeneas’ Hellenic paideia As an accomplished rhetor, Aeneas has at his command a wide range of literary and mythological materials which he can employ to embellish his arguments. A good selection of these are on display in the Theophrastus. Homer’s Iliad is quoted to particularly good effect at 10,4, where his epic description of battle (the context is Zeus’ withdrawal of Hector from the field) serves to emphasise the disagreement among philosophers on the subject of reincarnation. In his polemic against Platonic theories of reincarnation (see section 5 below), Aeneas refers to the Odyssey when he compares Odysseus with an ant on the grounds that both are household-managers, and amusingly quotes the Homeric epithet ‘with a gleaming helmet’ to compare Hector, a key figure in the Iliad, to a wasp.
Therefore, if the bad man injures the good man, spurred on as he is by irrationality, God is not responsible;93 he injures whoever is in his way, as when a bowman fires a shot, whoever happens to be in the way is wounded, whatever sort of man he is.
Aeneas of Gaza : Theophrastus with Zacharias of Mytilene, Ammonius by Donald Russell, John Dillon, Sebastian Gertz