M. J. Boyd (essay date July 1937)
SOURCE: Boyd, M. J. “The Chronology in Porphyry's Vita Plotini.” Classical Philology 32, no. 3 (July 1937): 241-57.
[In the following essay, Boyd explains that there is some question about the accuracy of the statements made by Porphyry regarding the chronology of events in his Life of Plotinus, and he theorizes that the author used a particular system of reckoning to arrive at his dates.]
The ultimate source of all our knowledge of the chronological details of the life of Plotinus is the Vita Plotini of Porphyry.1 Yet, until Professor Oppermann produced his Die Chronologie in Porphyrios' “Vita Plotini,”2 no one...
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