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Explaining the Cosmos: Creation and Cultural Interaction in Late-Antique Gaza

Michael W. Champion


This book analyses the writings of three thinkers associated with Gaza: Aeneas, Zacharias, and Procopius. They offer a case study for the appropriation, adaptation, and transformation of classical philosophy in late antiquity, as well as for cultural transitions more generally in Gaza. They each contributed to debates about the creation and eternity of the world reignited within Neoplatonism by Proclus, which ran into the sixth-century disputes between Philoponus, Simplicius, and Cosmas Indicopleustes. The study sets the three Gazans within their respective local cultures to map distinctive el ... More

Keywords: Aeneas of Gaza, Procopius of Gaza, Zacharias of Mitylene, Gaza, Neoplatonism, creation and eternity of the world, early Christianity, Proclus, Philoponus, late antiquity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199337484
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael W. Champion, author
University of Western Australia