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Eusebius On Porphyry'S "Polytheistic Error"

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This chapter focuses on Eusebius's theological response to Porphyry in Preparation for the Gospel. On the daemons, however, Eusebius parts company with Porphyry. There are two points of disagreement, first regarding Apollo and then regarding the distinction between good and bad daemons. Porphyry had consistently held that there were two kinds of daemons, good ones and evil ones. Eusebius divulges from Philosophy from the Oracles what Porphyry had urged to maintain as "secrets of the gods". He objects that good daemons "are in service to amorous pleasures", "delight in drums and flutes and women's clatter", and "take pleasure in wars and battles". Eusebius concludes his proofs against the existence of good daemons with a quotation to that effect from Porphyry's Epistle to Anebo.

Keywords: bad daemons; Epistle to Anebo; Eusebius; good daemons; Philosophy from the Oracles; Porphyry

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