Apollonius of Tyana

One of many pagan holy men in the first century A.D., Apollonius was a follower of the Greek philosopher Pythagorus. He let his hair grow long, was a strict vegetarian, wore no article of clothing made from an animal substance, went barefoot, and remained celibate. He traveled throughout India, Greece, Italy, Spain and Egypt. Legend credits him with miraculous cures, such as healing the lame and the blind, and other displays of divine power. A temple was built with a statue of him in his home town of Tyana for local worship. Theologians such as Cardinal Newman doubt Apollonius actually performed the miracles he is credited with.


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