AENEAS OF GAZA:
A pupil of the Neoplatonist Hierocles at Alexandria, and teacher of rhetoric
at Gaza. Before 534 he wrote a dialogue, Theophrastus (in MPG,
lxxxv. 865-1004), in which he opposes the doctrine of the preexistence
of the soul, but asserts its immortality and the resurrection of the body;
the perpetuity of the world is rejected. Twenty-five of his letters may
be found in R. Hercher, Epistolographi Graeci, pp. 24-32, Paris,
1873, and several of his treatises are in M. de la Bigne, Bibliotheca
veterum patrum, viii. (8 vols., Paris, 1609-10); Magna bibliotheca,
V. 3 and xii. (15 vols., Paris, 1618-22); and Maxima bibliotheca
veterum patrum, viii. (28 vols., Lyons, 1677-1707).
BIBLIOGRAPHY: G. Wernsdorf, Disputatio de Aeneas von Gazaeo,
Naumburg, 1816; K. Seitz, Die Schule von Gaza, pp. 23-27, Heidelberg,
1892; K. Krumbacher, Geschichte der byzantinischen Litteratur, p.
432, Munich, 1897; G. Schalkhauser, Aeneas von Gaza als Philosoph, Erlangen,