Aeneas of Gaza, Theophrastus, with Zacharias of Mytilene, Ammonius. Ancient Commentators on Aristotle. Pp. xxx, 181. London: Bristol Classical Press, 2012. £70. isbn:978-1-78093-209-5. €82.50.The conflict between paganism and Christianity as it played out on the stage of the shared schoolrooms of Alexandria in the late fifth century, especially in the affair of Paralius as recounted by Zacharias of Mytilene in his Life of Severus, has received increasing scholarly scrutiny for over twenty-five years, as evidenced in the work of, among others, Frank Trombly (Hellenic Religion and Christianization), Pierre Chuvin (Chronique des derniers païens) and, more recently, Edward Watts (City and School in Late Antique Athens and Alexandria et al.) and Michael Champion (Explaining the Cosmos: Creation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza). The more philosophical texts, Zacharias’ dialogue Ammonius, along with that of his elder compatriot Aeneas, the Theophrastus, both of which are prime witnesses of the engagement of Christians with chief issues of contention with the Platonic tradition as taught in Alexandria, have until now been available in English only by grace of translation of selected passages made by scholars in the course of those studies. Fortunately that gap has now been ably filled by the publication of
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