Born into a rich rural family, Themistius (thuh-MIHS-chee-uhs) spent most of his life in Constantinople. He remained a pagan but was respected by the Christian authorities and held many high offices, including senator and, in 384 c.e., prefect of Constantinople. He admired Aristotle and used Aristotelian philosophy to mediate among classical pagan Platonism, Christian Neoplatonism, and fideistic Christianity. He ran his own school of philosophy and rhetoric, wrote interpretations and paraphrases of Aristotle, and served the emperor Theodosius the Great as tutor to his son, the crown prince Arcadius, later the first emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire. He was renowned in his lifetime for his political speeches, at least thirty-two of which survive.