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A Threat to Public PietyChristians, Platonists, and the Great Persecution$
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Elizabeth DePalma Digeser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801441813

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801441813.001.0001

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Origen as a Student of Ammonius

Origen as a Student of Ammonius

(p.49) Chapter 2 Origen as a Student of Ammonius
A Threat to Public Piety

Elizabeth DePalma Digeser

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the question of Origen's identity as well as his appropriation of Ammonius Saccas's teachings and how Ammonius's legacy evolved along a Christian path. It considers the testimony of Porphyry of Tyre and Eusebius of Caesarea that Origen the theologian studied with Ammonius Saccas in Alexandria. It also discusses Ammonius's influence on Origen's teaching and thought and contends that Origen adopted Ammonius's way of living and teaching and bequeathed it to his own students. In particular, it analyzes Origen's use of some of Ammonius's techniques for handling texts to set out his own “theology without conflicts.” Origen of Alexandria is therefore key to understanding both the wide-ranging influence of Ammonius's “philosophy without conflicts” and the new pressures that contributed to the Great Persecution two generations later.

Keywords:   philosophy without conflicts, Origen, Ammonius Saccas, Porphyry of Tyre, Eusebius of Caesarea, Alexandria, Persecution, theology without conflicts

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