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Some Letters Of Apollonius Of Tyana

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The Letters of Apollonius are a variegated collection. They survive partly from quotations in Philostratus' Life and in Stobaeus, but mainly from medieval manuscripts that in turn divide into two separate families, and sometimes give discrepant versions of the same text. This chapter discusses mainly letters directed to cities or sanctuaries of old Greece and the province of Asia, and ends with one not preserved in manuscript form, but in an inscription of Ephesus copied in the fifteenth century. Letter 26 is addressed to certain functionaries at Olympia. Four letters in the collection are directed to groups within the city. The first (32) is to the "scribes", and says that colored stones and elaborate buildings are of no use to a city if it lacks "wisdom and law". The subject of lawlessness recurs in a sequence of three further letters addressed to "the Ephesians in the (sanctuary of) Artemis".

Keywords: inscription of Ephesus; Letters of Apollonius; Olympia; Philostratus; Stobaeus



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