Ammonius, while giving a critique of previous discussions. A significant feature of the situation of Ammonius Saccas, Leiden, ). But this gives rise to some. Ammonius Saccas Plotinus Porphyry Iamblichus Emperor Julian Hypatia of Alexandria He [ Ammonius ] adopted the doctrines which were received in Egypt. Ammonius Saccas (Greek: Ἀμμώνιος Σακκᾶς; fl. 3rd century AD) was a Greek philosopher from Alexandria who is often referred to as one of.

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His concern rather was to search for the truth in philosophy, which led him to study the works of both Plato and Aristotle and appreciate them according to their merits. Also, in my view, it is very unlikely that the founder of Neoplatonic philosophy should have been at the same time a Christian. Another explanation might be that there was only one Ammonius but that Origen, who found the Neo-Platonist views of his teacher essential to his own beliefs about the essential nature of Christianity, chose to suppress Ammonius’ choice of Paganism over Christianity.

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I have two other comments: The biggest difference between the two men was that Hoffer was the author of ten books while Ammonius wrote nothing. But his new strain of Platonism was so distinctive that it came to be called Neoplatonism.

A friend to whom he opened his heart divined his temperamental craving ammonjus suggested Ammonius, whom he had not yet tried.

Eusebius Church History, vi. His admirers credited him with having reconciled the quarrels of the two great schools.

The insistence of Eusebius, Origen’s pupil, ssaccas Jerome, all of whom were recognized Fathers of the Christian Church, that Ammonius Saccas had not rejected his Christian roots would be easier for Christians to accept than the assertion of Prophyry, who was a Pagan, that Ammonius had chosen Paganism over Christianity.


I refer to Origen, who is highly honored by the teachers of these doctrines. Hierocleswriting in the 5th century, states that Ammonius’ fundamental doctrine was that Plato and Aristotle were in full agreement with each other: Most details of his life come from the fragments left from Porphyry ‘s writings.

He was born in Alexandria, Egypt in about A. According to Porphyry, his parents were Christian, but upon learning Greek philosophy, Ammonius rejected his parents’ religion and returned to paganism.

Ammonius Saccas

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Ammonius Saccas who taught Plotinus, and an Ammonius the Christian who wrote biblical texts. He was then thirty-eight, for he had passed eleven entire years under Ammonius.

Conversely, Eusebius asserts that Ammonius was celebrated for the writings that he left. Porphyry falsely accused him [Ammonius] of having become a heathen again, after being a Christian, but it is certain that he continued a Christian until the very end of his life. Retrieved ammonihs ” https: September Learn how and anmonius to remove this template message. Ammonius was a charismatic teacher. The International Society for Neoplatonic Studies pp.

Later Christian writers stated that Ammonius was a Christian, but it is now generally assumed that there was a different Ammonius of Alexandria who wrote biblical texts. Porphyry and Plotinus both indicate that Ammonius left no written works. Damascius ‘ History is considered the source containing most details about Ammonius’ life.

We do know that two of sacccas pupils were extremely important and brilliant philosophers: According to Nemesiusa bishop and Neoplatonist c. However, the Christian historian A,monius A. Porphyry says he was a pagan; Eusebius demurs. As Zeller points out, however, there is reason to think that his doctrines were rather those of the earlier Platonists than those of Plotinus.


Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Hierocles, writing in the 5th century A. For the author of the early Gospel synopsis please see Scacas of Alexandria.

At twenty-seven he [Plotinus] was caught by the passion for philosophy: The fact that Ammonius Saccas was initially a poorly educated and humble laborer on the docks of Alexandria, reminds me of the well-known American social philosopher, Eric Hoffer Also, both Ammonius and Socrates originally held relatively menial occupations.

But this interpretation has been rejected. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page.

Porphyry, quoted by Eusebius, ib. After long study and meditation, Ammonius opened a school of philosophy in Alexandria.

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This article needs additional citations for verification. In my ammoius, the relationship of Plotinus to Ammonius is strongly reminiscent of the relationship of Plato to Socrates!

Nemesisa Christian bishop and Neoplatonist of the late fourth century A. From that day he followed Ammonius continuously, and under his guidance made such progress in philosophy that he became eager to investigate the Persian methods and the system adopted among the Indians.

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