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Bibil Identifier bibil:205158
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Eusebius C. Hier. 6.5 on Man and Fowl: An Instance of Christian-Pagan Dialogue on a Theurgic Ritual
Author Spanoudakis, Konstantinos
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 64, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 31-53 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Eusebius (C. Hier. 6.5), relying on the universal law of locus proprius, rejects the practice of men acting like winged creatures. The allusion appears to be specifically to a Chaldaean ritual in which initiates imitate the cries and other sounds of birds rising for flight in an apparent enactment of the 'rising' soul. Greek and Coptic sources (Damascius, Hermias and Shenoute) help reconstruct the ritual. This relates to the image of Apollonius of Tyana as theurgist and magician, but originally it may have been part of the controversies about Paul's dogma of resurrection (1Thess. 4.17). Porphyry (C. Chr. fr. 35 Harn.) employs the same arguments as Eusebius to ridicule Paul's notion about men caught up in clouds to meet God in air. Rather than taking this as a matter of coincidence, it would seem that Eusebius, who wrote an extensive riposte (now lost) to Porphyry's tract, probably replied to Porphyry's ridicule of Paul by counter-ridiculing the pagan flight-ritual.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Eusebius of Cesarea
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Birds
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Opponents (Polemic)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Porphyry
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