what do you mean by the phrase- 'an Ally against philistines'

Dear student Ally means a friend or an associate. Philistines' is a word used disapprovingly to talk about people who hate literature,art or music. The phrase ' ally against philistines' ' means that he had found a friend whose interests were similar to him i.e. literature,art and music and against those people who did not like literature,art or music. Regards

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