|In the Life
of Apollonius, the Athenian
who lived from c.170 to c.247, tells the story of Apollonius
a charismatic teacher and miracle worker from the
CE who belonged to the school of Pythagoras.
(A summary can be found here.)
It is an apologetic work, in which Philostratus tries to
Philostratus was a man with divine powers, but not a magician. He also
pays attention to Apollonius' behavior as a sophist.
Although the hero is known from several other sources,
vie romancée is our most important source. Scholars studying
life of the Tyanaean sage -whose miraculous acts have often been
to the miracles of Jesus of Nazareth-
tried to establish the sources of Philostratus' books (e.g., letters
in order to come as close as possible to the historical truth. These
are described here.
On the following webpages, you will find the translation
by F.C. Conybeare,
which was published in 1912 in the Loeb Classical Library.
The summaries were -with permission- copied from J.J. Flinterman, Power,
paideia & pythagoreanism (1995 Amsterdam). Additions
and notes by Jona Lendering.