Philo Judaeus (c.20 BC - c.50 AD)
Philo Judaeus was a Jewish philosopher from Alexandria. His writings have had an enormous influence on both Jewish and Christian thought, and directly impacted the writings of near contemporaries Clement and Origen.
Philo was among the first to merge biblical religion and Greek philosophy. Only fragments of Philo's religious doctrines survive, but many traces of it can be found quoted in later authors.
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The best known chapter of Philo's life is the voyage he made to Rome. He had been chosen as head of the embassy which was to lay before Emperor Caligula the complaints of the Jews regarding the introduction of statues of the emperor in the synagogues.