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Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century AlexandriaPhilo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered$
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Joan E. Taylor

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291410

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291410.001.0001

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Paradigms of ‘Women’ in Discourses on Philosophia

Paradigms of ‘Women’ in Discourses on Philosophia

(p.173) 8 Paradigms of ‘Women’ in Discourses on Philosophia
Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria

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Philo wished to present a group of extreme allegorizers as living the bios theoretikos: Jewish men and women living a philosophical lifestyle more excellent than any known in the Graeco-Roman world. In order to understand what Philo may have had to deal with, rhetorically, we need to consider how women appear in the discourse of Graeco-Roman philosophy. This chapter explores what is stated about women philosophers and students of philosophers in an attempt to consider how the women are presented in the texts, including epigraphy and art. The women who are represented allegedly lived from the sixth century BCE to the third century CE.

Keywords:   Philo, women philosophers, philosophia, epigraphy, art

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