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Porphyry, as quoted in Macarius Magnes’ Apocriticus 4.20

“But let us make a thorough investigation concerning the single rule of the only god and the manifold rule of those who are worshipped as gods. You Christians do not know how to expound the doctrine even of the single rule. For a monarch is not one who is alone in his existence, but who is alone in his rule. Clearly he rules over those who are his fellow-tribesmen, men like himself, just as the Emperor Hadrian was a monarch, not because he existed alone, nor because he ruled over oxen and sheep (over which herdsmen or shepherds rule), but because he ruled over men who shared his race and possessed the same nature. Likewise god would not properly be called a monarch, unless he ruled over other gods; for this would befit his divine greatness and his heavenly and abundant honour.” – Porphyry, as quoted in Macarius Magnes’ Apocriticus 4.20

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