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This can be the 1st quantity of accumulated papers to be dedicated to the paintings of Philostratus, the good essayist, biographer and historian of Greek tradition within the Roman international, and the main scintillating author of Greek prose within the 3rd century advert. The papers disguise his impressive variety, from hagiographic fiction to historic discussion, from pictorial description to like letters, and from prescriptions for gymnastics to the lives of the Sophists. the standard of his writing and the worries inside his purview - faith, aesthetics, athletics and schooling - make Philostratus's writings one of the most vital files for realizing Greek tradition within the Roman global, and advisor us in exploring the adulthood of Hellenic cultural id within the context of the increase of Christianity. Few experiences were dedicated to this overlooked determine, and this assortment will as a result be of serious worth to students and scholars of imperial Greek literature and artwork.

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Philo’s ‘Therapeutae’ Reconsidered (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), 3–170. 43 Philo, Contempl. 40–63. 44 Philo, Contempl. 66–90. 2–13. 17–21. , Ant. 214–216. 42 28 chapter one suppers held by Jews, it is not clear whether these suppers in Parium and Rome were events which took place weekly, monthly, yearly, or at other intervals. 50 For the custom of holding a weekly association supper, there is no pre-70 Jewish analogy. 51 Philo reports that the Therapeutae held their cultic assembly on the Sabbath.

Inscriptiones Graecae II2 I, 1–2: Inscriptiones Atticae Euclidis anno posteriores (Berlin: Reimer, 1913), n. 1368, pp. 650–651. 30 For the inscription of Zeus Hypsistos association see, PLond 2710 = F. Preisigke et al. (eds), Sammelbuch griechischer Urkunden aus Ägypten, Fünfter Band (Wiesbaden: Harassowitz, 1955), n. 7835. R. Horsley, New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity, vol. 1 (North Ryde, Australia: The Ancient History Documentary Research Centre, Macquarie University, 1981), 5–9; D.

Archaeological evidence of ancient synagogues shows that several ancient synagogues contained rooms where food could be prepared for meals, or rooms where meals could be served. But this evidence is second century CE (Ostia) or later (third century: Stobi in Macedonia)56 and in any case it does not prove that, if communal meals took place in synagogues, they took place every week or every Sabbath. In the first century CE, however, Jews did follow the common Graeco-Roman practice of dining and following it with a symposium, both at home in the family circle and in associations.

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