Tyana in Asia Minor - modern day Turkey.
charismatic teacher yes
miracle worker yes
first century CE) yes
born in Tyana in the Roman Empire (4 CE) Bethlehem, Judea
native tongue was likely Aramaic yes
Pythagorean philosopher Hebrew scholar
received divine honors in the third century fourth century @ Nicea (his inception)
Philostratus wrote a lengthy Life of Apollonius New Testament commenced
hardly anything about the sage is certain overtones of Horus and Mithras myths
frequently compared to Jesus of Nazareth may have been modelled off Apollonius
Philostratus in the "Life of Apollonius of Tyana" Jesus
- describes the sage of Tyana as a superhuman yes
- neo-Pythagorean philosopher Hebrew
- tried to reform cultic practices in modern Greece, Turkey, and Syria Palestine
- had several disciples yes
- traveled extensively - Egypt, Babylon, India, Spain Palestine
- met important Roman officials Pilate
- debated with several other philosophers Hebrews
Note: Philostratus takes a stand against the accusation that Apollonius had been a magician. Philostratus stresses that the miracles performed were the result of superior knowledge, not of wizardry.
See Livius.com regarding Apollonius' letters (likely fabrications) and Apollonius' books.
Full article here:
Here is a list of books said to be authored by Apollonius, written by himself or dictated to a scribe. As there was a concerted effort by the Roman elites (Catholic Church) in the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE to eradicate every trace of Apollonius, burning of all Apollonius' books across the Roman Empire was ordered. It would seem that none of these books survived. The main work we have available to us today is Philostratus' "Life of Apollonius of Tyana".
Dr RW Barnard and other scholars suggest the burning of the library at Alexandria (Egypt) may have been ordered so knowledge of Apollonius would further be suppressed. It is said that the copy of Philostratus' "Life of Apollonius of Tyana" that was lodged at the library was smuggled out, and secreted in the east, somewhere in Arabia. It is from that copy that further copies and translations were made.
Books cited by Philostratus in the "Life of Apollonius of Tyana"
- a hymn in honor of Memory
- a testament
- a book containing Pythagoras' doctrines - kept in Hadrian's palace in Antioch
- Life of Pythagoras
- four books On astrology - Philostratus doubts these were written by Apollonius
- a book On sacrifices - seen by Philostratus in learned men's houses. Written in Apollonius' native tongue (probably Aramaic)
We need to remember that although Jesus was supposedly literate, he never left any writings for us himself - from neither his pen, nor dictated to a scribe. On the other hand, Apollonius did. This may be another indicator that Jesus is a fictional character designed by the Romans and inserted into the culture from 325 AD. By contrast, Apollonius was most certainly real.