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Philo of Alexandria: An Intellectual Biography

Maren R Niehoff


Philo was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who left behind one of the richest bodies of work from antiquity, yet his personality and intellectual development have remained a riddle. This book presents the first biography of Philo, arguing that his trip to Rome in 38 CE was a turning point in his life. There he was exposed to not only new political circumstances but also “a new cultural and philosophical environment.” Following the pogrom in Alexandria, Philo became active as an intellectual in the capital of the Empire, responding to the challenges of his time and creatively reconstructing his ... More

Keywords: Philo of Alexandria, Bible interpreter, Roman diplomat, Jewish philosopher, antiquity, Rome, intellectual, Jewish tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300175233
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300175233.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maren R Niehoff, author
Hebrew University of Jerusalem