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Quotations from Flavius Philostratus


More divinely than Pythagoras he wooed wisdom and soared above tyrants; and he lived in times not long gone by nor again quite of our own day, yet men know him not because of the true wisdom, which he practiced as a sage, and sanely; but one man singles out one feature for praise in him and another something else; while some, because he had interviews with the wizards of Babylon and with the Brahmans of India and with the nude ascetics of Egypt, put him down as a wizard, and spread the calumny that he was a sage of an illegitimate kind, judging of him ill.

The Life of Apollonius of Tyana (220)

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