New Version - Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana

Written by Michael Hanel on February 7th, 2013

I just put the finishing touches on a new BibleWorks user-version, which gives users access to both the Greek version as well as an English translation of Philostratus’ work The Life of Apollonius of Tyana.

If you do much work in New Testament, early church, or Jesus-studies, you will no doubt come across references to this work. Although it is written much later than the NT writings, it is written about a man named Apollonius who lived a generation after Jesus (ca. 40-100 AD). Apollonius was a Neopythagorean philosopher around whom stories of his teachings and miraculous deeds arose. Although Apollonius never claimed any kind of divinity for himself, these stories were used by men such as Porphyry to show that Jesus, as a miracle-worker, was not a unique individual. Even Eusebius of Caesarea got into this argument, writing back against such claims that Apollonius was a fraud and charlatan and that Philostratus was just telling stories that had no real connection with the truth.

To install the files, download the archive and unzip the files to your /BibleWorks 9/databases folder. If you want the book name to display properly in your browse window, then you will need to append the following line to your default bookname file (typically books.bna in your /BibleWorks 9/init folder:

VAP,Philostratus-Life of Apollonius,Philostratus-Life of Apollonius,Philostratus-Life of Apollonius

NOTE: Because of some of the features in this version, the text will best display in the latest update of BibleWorks 9. It has not been tested on earlier versions of BibleWorks (and will certainly not work on versions earlier than 8.)

When you restart BibleWorks, you can access the new versions from the command line by typing “d phstr-g” (PHSTR-G is the Greek version) or “d phstr-e” (the English translation).


The Greek text is based on the following edition: Flavii Philostrati Opera, Vol 1. Philostratus the Athenian. Carl Ludwig Kayser. in aedibus B. G. Teubneri. Lipsiae. 1870. [Perseus]

The English text is based on the following edition: The Life of Apollonius of Tyana by Philostratus, tr. F.C Conybeare, 1912. [Sacred Texts]

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