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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Based on the above we have two major issues between Porphyry ammnoius Eusebius: Whittaker, The Neo-platonists Camb. His works yet extant show this, as he is celebrated among many for the writings which he has left.

I have no opinion re the writing of any books, although I note that Pythagoreans were not amnonius to put their more important teachings into writing. These things are said by Porphyry in the third book of his work against the Christians. His death is variously given between A. Hierocles, writing in the 5th century A. Accordingly, we have no direct evidence of his philosophical beliefs. At twenty-seven he [Plotinus] was caught by the passion for philosophy: As he designedly wrote nothing, and, with mamonius aid of his pupils, kept his views secret, after the manner of the Pythagoreans, his philosophy must be inferred mainly from the writings of Plotinus.

The details of his life are unknown, insomuch that he has frequently been confused with a Christian philosopher of the same name. Most details of his life come from the fragments left from Porphyry ‘s writings. F ragments left from Porphyry ‘s book entitled, Against the Christiansgive details about the life and teachings of Ammonius.

However, we are told by Longinus that Ammonius wrote nothing, [5] and if Ammonius was the principal influence on Plotinus, then it is unlikely that Ammonius would have been a Christian. Like Ammonius, Socrates B. When Gordian was killed in Mesopotamia, it was only with great difficulty that Plotinus came off safe to Antioch.

Ammonius was a charismatic teacher. The neutrality of this article is disputed. I have two other sacas For the author of the early Gospel synopsis please see Ammonius of Alexandria.


Also, in my view, it is very unlikely that the founder of Neoplatonic philosophy should have been at the same time a Christian. In order to reconcile the popular religions, and particularly the Christian, with this new system, he made the whole history of the heathen gods an allegory, maintaining that they amkonius only celestial ministers entitled to an inferior kind of worship; and he acknowledged that Jesus Christ was an excellent man and the friend of God, but alleged that it was not his design entirely to abolish the worship of demons, and that his only intention was to purify the ancient religion.

He seems to have been able to form a mystical syncretism of Plato with Indian and Egyptian philosophies and theologies. The Schools of the Imperial Age.

Also, both Ammonius and Socrates originally held relatively menial occupations. 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. Hierocleswriting in the 5th century, states that Ammonius’ fundamental doctrine was that Plato and Aristotle were in full agreement with each other: To add to the confusion, it seems that Ammoinus had two pupils called Origen: 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.

According to Nemesiusa bishop and Neoplatonist c. 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.

He was undoubtedly the biggest influence on Plotinus in his development of Neoplatonismalthough little is known about his own philosophical views. He speaks truly of the industry and learning of the man, but plainly utters a falsehood for what will not an opposer of Christians do? This article needs additional saccaas for verification.


This conversion is contested by the Christian writers Jerome and Eusebiuswho state that Ammonius remained a Christian throughout his lifetime:. For Ammonius, being a Christian, and brought up by Christian parents, when he gave himself ammobius study and to philosophy straightway conformed to the life required by the laws.

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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Platonists on Aristotle from Antiochus to Porphyryfirst published in In my view, the relationship of Plotinus to Ammonius is strongly reminiscent of the relationship ammoniis Plato to Socrates! Arcesilaus Lacydes Telecles Evander Hegesinus. He went and heard him, and said to his friend, “This is the man I was looking for.

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September Learn how and when to remove this template message. Porphyrysacczs most important student of Plotinus, in his book entitled On the Life of Plotinus and the Arrangement of his Work, says the following: The friend, understanding the desire of his heart, sent him to Ammonius, whom he had not so far tried.

Porphyry and Plotinus both indicate that Ammonius left no written works.

He apprehended well the views of each of the two philosophers [Plato and Aristotle] and brought them under one and the same nous and transmitted philosophy without conflicts to all of his disciples, and especially to the best of those acquainted with him, Plotinus, Origen, and their successors.

We do know that two of his pupils were extremely important and brilliant philosophers: Among Ammonius’ other pupils there were Herennius and Cassius Longinus. It happened that the Emperor Gordian was at that time preparing his campaign against Persia; Plotinus joined the army and went on the expedition. AlexandriaRoman Egypt. 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.