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Bibil Identifier bibil:229224
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Plotinus's Portrait and Pamphilus's Prison Notebook: Neoplatonic and Early Christian Textualities at the Turn of the Fourth Century c.e.
Journal Journal of Early Christian Studies (Volume: 21, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 329-362 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article focuses on two “sibling” intellectual communities—the neoplatonic circle of Plotinus and Porphyry and the Christian intellectual circle of Pamphilus and Eusebius of Caesarea—to consider in what ways each developed different theories and practices of reading and writing. Porphyry’s Life of Plotinus can be read as an extended and deliberate engagement with the problem of writing as elaborated in Plato’s Phaedrus . Porphyry’s neoplatonic textuality situates writing as a problematic mimesis, and subordinates written texts to dialectical relationships within the philosophical circle. By contrast, the Caesareans advocate and practice a textuality that self-consciously embraces the use and production of written texts as a primary site for the production of orthodox discourse.
DOI 10.1353/earl.2013.0032
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Plotinus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy : Philosophy : Neoplatonism
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Eusebius of Cesarea
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Scripture
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