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Philo of Alexandria

Philo of Alexandria (30 BC – 45 AD) is an important jewish philosopher and theologian of the Hellenistic period. At the time he was a well-known representative of the Jewish community of Alexandria. For example in 40 AD he was sent as an ambassador to Rome to persuade the emperor Caligula to end the persecution of the Jews in Egypt. Philo’s thought, instead, is emblematic of the syncretic characteristics of Hellenism: his allegoric interpretation of the Torah, in fact, uses philosophical elements alien to Judaism such as neo-platonism and stoicism.

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