Philo of Alexandria (20 bce–50 ce), a Hellenized Jew, is a figure who spans two cultures, the Greek and the Jewish. When Jewish mythical thought met Greek philosophical thought in the first century bce, it was only natural that someone would attempt to develop speculative and philosophical justification for Judaism in terms of Greek philosophy. Doing so, Philo also made a contribution to Platonic philosophy at the stage classified today as Middle Platonism.