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Philo Of Alexandria And Ecphantus' Peri Basileias

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This section compares certain points of Philonic texts with some passages by Ecphantus, starting out from the hypothesis advanced by B. Centrone that the passages on kingship collected by Stobaeus under the name of Ecphantus introduce aspects that can be traced back to Middle Platonism. This is a relatively isolated position in the panorama of studies. Indeed, there are notable affinities between Philo and the Pythagorean text and some interpretative difficulties in the latter can perhaps be clarified by means of a comparison with the Alexandrian. The texts on kingship handed down under the names of Diotogenes, Sthenidas and Ecphantus are traditionally set by the critics over a vast time span that goes from the 3rd century before to the 3rd century after Christ.

Keywords:Ecphantus; Philo of Alexandria; Porphyrius

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