Re: porphyria perplexity
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Julie, what a wonderful connection! An absolute case of spontaneous genius!

Curiously Wikipedia has this;

"Porphyry (Greek: Πορφύριος "purple-clad") may refer to:

Porphyry (geology), a very hard red, green, or purple igneous rock
Porphyry (philosopher) (c. 232c. 305), a Neoplatonic philosopher
Porphyry of Gaza, a saint and bishop of Gaza circa 347420
Porphyry, a vineyard near Seaham, New South Wales
Porphyry, a system of astrological house division
Porphyry, noun. ice leaving outside valleys especially at near naval exits"

Here we see a little different spelling, but what we have is the ame word, and a few leads.

Our first lead may well be the "Neoplatonic philosopher", thus also from Wiki;

"Porphyry's parents were Syrian, and he was born Malchus ("king") in Tyre. His teacher in Athens, Cassius Longinus, gave him the name Porphyrius (clad in purple), a punning allusion to the color of the imperial robes."

Of course the mention of the name "Longinus" shows a close association with the great Persian who had the same moniker, but note that presumably, his original name was "Malchus" which has been determined to have meant "King".

How quaint! And how meaningful is it? He is then renamed "Porphyry" or more correctly "Porphyrius" meaning "clad in purple", which was considered a form of dress colour reserved only for "Kings!"

And, we must then add to this the presumed fact, that he was originally from "Tyre", which just so happened to be one of the only places in the world where the dye necessary to produce such royal colours originated!

According to Wiki;

"Porphyry is also known as an opponent of Christianity and defender of Paganism; of his Adversus Christianos (Against the Christians) in 15 books, only fragments remain. He famously said, 'The Gods have proclaimed Christ to have been most pious, but the Christians are a confused and vicious sect.'" And;

"Porphyry was, like Pythagoras, an advocate of vegetarianism on spiritual and ethical grounds. These two philosophers are perhaps the most famous vegetarians of classical antiquity. He wrote the De Abstinentia (On Abstinence) and De Non Necandis ad Epulandum Animantibus (roughly On the Impropriety of Killing Living Beings for Food), advocating against the consumption of animals, and he is cited with approval in vegetarian literature up to the present day."

If you have read about the disease, you may remember that bouts of the symptomatic reoccurence of the manifestations of the disease can be caused by one's "diet!!"

Could "vegetarianism" have promoted the outbreaks or prevented them?

Which came first?, the recognition of the disease or the name?

Add it all up and we have a wonderful connection, but to what?