By Ilaria Ramelli
This entire research bargains a serious, comparative research of the assets to be had on Bardaisan and a reinterpretation of his proposal. during this connection, particular realization is paid to many parallels with Origen, to the prospective dating among Origen, Bardaisan, and their faculties, and to the results of the precious fragments preserved by means of Porphyry.
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61 Even in its literary form, it is a Platonic dialogue, as Land had already remarked,62 and, as I shall show, there are also precise reminiscences of Plato’s dialogues and their narrative frames in it. 64 The Phaedo is precisely the dialogue that Gregory of Nyssa, a profound estimator of Origen, took as a model for his De See below the chapter devoted to the Liber. J. P. N. Land, Anecdota Syriaca, I, Leiden 1962, 30: the Liber “est enim Philippi illius [sc. ” 63 G. W. Bowersock, Hellenism in Late Antiquity, Ann Arbor 1990, 31– 32.
Africanus stayed at Abgar the Great’s court in Edessa for a long while, and there he made acquaintance with Bardaiṣan, who had even received his education together with Abgar—as I shall show later on the basis of the sources—and was an important figure at his court. D. 195 and to have been an instructor of Abgar’s son, Ma‘nu. This is meaningful: Abgar the Great was either a Christian himself or not at all hostile to Christianity,13 and both Bardaiṣan and Africanus, who were close to him, were undoubtedly Christians.
Herrero de Háuregui ‘Ilu 13 (2008) 334–336. 66 A. Camplani, “Rivisitando Bardesane,” 524–596, analyzes some sources. 67 U. 3 (2007) 442–461; U. 1 (2008) §§ 1–26. 65 28 Bardaiṣan of Edessa Bardaiṣan scholars—the study of these fragments, especially in a comparative examination with the other reliable sources, is extremely fruitful and leads to important implications, for example in respect to the role of the Timaeus in Bardaiṣan’s cosmology, but also in many others—and in the investigation and careful assessment of the relationship with Origen, his thought, and his school, a connection which so far has been missed by scholarship as well.