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10 July 2012


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Dirk Baltzly

I have a vague recollection that there's a nephew of Iamblichus who bears the same name. As I recall, Alan Cameron argued that it might be this younger Iamblichus who brought Iamblichean neoplatonism to Athens. While the famous Iamblichus is clearly too old, Iamblichus the younger should be roughly a contemporary for Julian.


There was indeed a nephew of the same name and Julian could well have known him, but I tend to agree with Vanderspoel “Correspondence and Correspondents of Julius Julianus,” Byzantion 69 (1999), 396-478 who reckons that the author was Julian's maternal uncle simply because the seven letters don't sound much like Julian - the tone is wrong and the references are just slightly off.

Dirk Baltzly

Excellent. Thanks for the reference, which I did not know about. Julian does seem a bit too otherworldly and etherial to have the odd bit of Sappho tucked away in the old memory banks.

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