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Porphyry

232-c.305. Neoplatonist writer. Born in Tyre and originally named Malchus, he was the pupil, successor, and editor of Plotinus.* A historian of philosophy and religion rather than an original thinker, he nevertheless initiated certain tendencies conspicuous in later Neoplatonism, e.g., in his own pupil Iamblichus (c.250-330), who taught mainly in Syria, and Proclus,* the most important of the Neoplatonists who took over Plato's Academy at Athens in the fifth century a.d.