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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144956268X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449562687
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Smith on 21 May 2012
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This is a very interesting book that deserves more attention. It is the story of Apollonius as he travels around the Mediterranean world, to Egypt and even to India where he meets kings and sages from whom he learns and who at the same time are impressed by his wisdom and his powers. He even manages to vanish into thin air when threatened by the Roman emperor.
There are many similarities between Apollonius and Jesus (eg: healing the sick, performing miracles) and it has been suggested that Apollonius was the prototype for the Paul of the Bible. What struck me when reading this book was how easily miracles are ascribed to Apollonius. If one believes this then the question arises why Apollonius isn't revered just as much as Jesus. And if one doesn't believe the tales of miracles in this book then why should one give any credence to similar stories in the bible?

My review is about the £8.56 edition The Life of Apollonius of Tyana. It's a good idea to read it together with Apollonius of Tyana as Mead does a great job at analysing Apollonius and providing background information.

Another fascinating book from antiquity is The Syrian Goddess: De Dea Syria Primary texts from antiquity are so rare that no one interested in the matter should give a single one a miss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee on 18 Sept. 2011
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A very thorough insight into the life of a great sage. Also provides an interesting snapshot of life and attitudes of the First Century. Excellent read.
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This Is a biography of a first century mystic preacher written at the request of the Roman Emperor. He sounds just like a historic twin of Saul of Tarsus (Paul). I believe that Marcion used Apollonius as his model for Paul when he wrote his Gospel which was later rewritten as Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. If you are a modern Church attender DON'T read this you will be SORRY it may spoil your Church life. The Parralells with Paul could never be an accident.

HE was raised in Tarsus planted churches in Asia Minor, travelled with a man called Titus, was associated with men called Demetrius and Stephanus, had a disciple called Demas. He fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, escaped from prison by a supposed miracle and he was also shipwrecked. He spoke Aramaic embraced poverty wore long hair and robes, remained unmarried and childless travelled to Jerusalem but spent a lot of time in Antioch. He travelled to the East for three years where he was taught what he should preach.in his missionary journeys around the eastern Mediterranean. He wrote epistles instructing his followers in spiritual matters. He performed miracles, healed the sick and cast out evil spirits. He was well known in Christian communities around the Mediterranean as a religious reformer, spoke with authority to Temple Priests, and founded a religious community in Corinth. His life was threatened and he was condemned by the Roman emperor and worshiped as a God.

David R Freeman
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good version - and inexpensive. 25 Aug. 2011
By MargaritaMc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This review is as much to do with the Kindle version as with marvellous Apollonius as other customers might like to know that THIS (cheaper) version has active TOC and is generally better presented than the other version on offer of the Conybeare translation.
The info about it on Kindle Store looks odd, as it mentions the Loeb version. But this isn't the Loeb (oh that it were, for $6.89!) - the info is simply copied from the book's preface.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Typographical errors 6 Sept. 2013
By D. A. Caruso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent story, but this particular book ("a pukka classic from [...] is full of typographical errors. Clearly it was not edited before it was published, only spell-checked. The language is slightly archaic, and reading it is made more difficult due to the typographical errors and misplaced words, etc. This is unfortunate, because the story being told is excellent. I recommend finding a better published version of this book.
Beautiful Book, Bad reprint. 26 April 2014
By Colton Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
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I would have given this book five stars because the book itself is wonderful. But I gave it four because this particular edition by Theophania Publishing had so many typos it was ridiculous. Fore the most part it's easy to tell what the text is supposed to say, but there were a few spots were the typos marred the text, leaving one to guess at what it was supposed to say.
The actual "Life of Apollonius of Tyana" is really wonderful. History and legend are blended so beautifully that it is sometimes hard to tell which is which. I bought the book because I had heard that the Jesus story of the gospels was actually based on stories of Apollonius. After getting a little over half way through I noticed a few events that were similar to the gospels but I couldn't see the overall connection. At that time I went back through some of the gospels (which I hadn't read for a long time) and it hit me that the gospels sounding like they were abridged versions of Apollonius' biography just with a different ending.
Anyone looking to compare Apollonius with Jesus has to read this book.
Fascinating character 12 May 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love the ancient world and its many odd characters, you'll love this story. One of the most controversial characters--people then and now compared him to Jesus. Well worth exploring. The translation is old but still accurate.
Not my cup-of-tea 25 Sept. 2014
By George N. Wells - Published on Amazon.com
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I had read that this book might have been the template for the Gospel of Mark. Perhaps, I just could not get through the style to prove or disprove the theory.
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