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The Neo-Pythagorean philosopher ofApamea (circ. 160-180 B.C.), whose teaching is known by citations inBusebius xi, 10; xviii, 22; xv, I 7),and a few other references (e.g. Porphyry in Stob., i,836) must be regarded as a precursor of neo-Platonism. He was the firstGreek philosopher to show any sympathy with Hebrew religion, describingPlato as Moses speaking in Attic (Clement Alex., i,342; Eusebius, xi, 10). He shows veryplainly a tendency to religious syncretism such as is strongly markedin the neo-Platonists, but is not confined to them, indeed it seems tohave been widely prevalent in the second century and after.

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