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The Philostratean corpus is large and varied, but only one work stands out for its narratologically rich handling of time. In honour of Apollonius of Tyana is, at one level, a biography of the eponymous holy man. Its narrative spans the life of its protagonist, progressing chronologically, and its focus is almost exclusively upon him and his actions. The ability to slip between multiple time-frames shared by narrator and subject alike is emblematic of the potent otherness of this extraordinary text. The representation of time plays a crucial role in the articulation of religious and cultural meaning in this text. There are at least three different temporal systems at work in Apollonius: the Roman, the Greek, and the mystic-oriental. These different temporalities operate in different contexts and registers: the Roman is primarily political, the Greek is primarily civic-religious, and the mystic-oriental follows the natural patterns of the sun.

Keywords: In honour of Apollonius of Tyana; Philostratus; temporal systems



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