Roman Empire provinces of the eastern Mediterranean - 1st century CE
"Philostratus said Apollonius spent some time among the "Arabians" [after he had finished at 'philosophy school' in Ægae - BL] and had been instructed by them (1.20, 4.38). And by Arabia we are to understand the country south of Palestine, which was at this period a regular hot-bed of mystic communities. The spots he visited were in out-of-the-way places, where the spirit of holiness lingered, and not the crowded and disturbed cities, for the subject of his conversation, he said, required “men and not people.” [??] He spent his time in travelling from one to another of these temples, shrines, and communities; from which we may conclude that there was some kind of common
“After these things,” says Philostratus [possibly referring to his time spent in 'Arabia' (Palestine-Judea) - BL], Apollonius determined to visit the Brachmanes and Sarmanes. [That is the Brâhmans and Buddhists]. Mead
“Since ye are faint-hearted,” says the solitary pilgrim, “I bid you farewell. As for myself I must go whithersoever wisdom and my inner self may lead me. The Gods are my advisers and I can rely on their counsels.” (1.18)
- At sun-rise he practised certain religious exercises alone, the nature of which he communicated only to those who had passed through the discipline of "four years" (five ?) silence.
- He said, one should on day’s dawning enter the presence of the Gods, [That is to say, presumably, spend the time in silent meditation]. Mead
- He said: "Spend the time till midday in giving and receiving instruction in holy things." Mead
- He then conversed with the temple priests or the heads of the community, [depending on whether] he was staying in a Greek or non-Greek temple with public rites, or in a community with a discipline peculiar to itself, apart from the public cult. [??] Mead
- He [did not] neglect the people; it was his invariable custom to teach them, but always after midday; for those who lived the inner life. Mead
- After the day’s work he bathed in cold water, as did so many of the mystics of the time in those lands, notably the Essenes and Therapeuts. (1.16) Mead
Detail showing many pairs of bare feet.
Apollonius of Tyana -- by G.R.S. Mead. Section 7. Early life.