Porphyry on Christians and Others: "Barbarian Wisdom," Identity Politics, and Anti-Christian Polemics on the Eve of the Great Persecution

  title={Porphyry on Christians and Others: "Barbarian Wisdom," Identity Politics, and Anti-Christian Polemics on the Eve of the Great Persecution},
  author={Jeremy M. Schott},
  journal={Journal of Early Christian Studies},
  pages={277 - 314}
  • J. Schott
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Early Christian Studies
This paper argues that we can better appreciate the motivations behind Porphyry of Tyre's anti-Christian polemics if they are placed in the context of his larger philosophical project. Porphyry's investigations of "foreign" religions and philosophies were based on asymmetrical distinctions between Greeks and barbarians that paralleled, and in many cases dovetailed with, the division of the Roman Empire into metropolitan center and provincial periphery. Christian intellectuals, however, imitated… Expand
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