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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A friend to whom he opened his heart divined his temperamental craving and suggested Ammonius, whom he had not yet tried. The Neoplatonist school of philosophy and Christianity, were diametrically opposed and constantly at war with one another, during the third, fourth and fifth centuries.

Smmonius is mainly known as the teacher of Plotinuswhom he taught for eleven years from to Plotinus went, heard a lecture, and exclaimed to his comrade: 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.

According to Porphyry, the parents of Ammonius were Christiansbut upon learning Greek philosophy, Ammonius rejected his parents’ religion for paganism.

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He also established a system of moral discipline which allowed the people in general to live according to the laws of their country and the dictates of nature; but required the wise to exalt their minds by contemplation and to mortify the body.

I refer to Origen, who is highly honored by the teachers of these doctrines. Nemesisa Christian bishop and Neoplatonist of the late fourth century A. Blavatsky had a sacacs interest in both Neoplatonism and Gnosticism and both subjects are still studied by Theosophical groups around the world. The Schools of the Imperial Age.

Plato and Aristotle in Agreement: Porphyry, quoted by Eusebius, ib. Conversely, Eusebius asserts that Ammonius was celebrated for the writings that he left.


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. After long mamonius and meditation, Ammonius opened a school of philosophy in Alexandria. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I have no opinion re the writing of any books, although I note that Pythagoreans were not supposed to put their more important teachings into writing.

As Zeller points out, however, there is reason to think that his doctrines were rather those of the earlier Platonists than those of Plotinus.

Like Ammonius, Hoffer had very little formal education; his education came from his ammoniius experiences not ammonis classroom.

He was then thirty-eight, saccs he had passed eleven entire years under Ammonius. The details of his life are unknown, insomuch that he has frequently been confused with a Christian philosopher of the same name.

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AlexandriaRoman Egypt. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. 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?

N eoplatonism begins with Ammonius Saccas, but almost nothing is known of this philosopher. Ammonius Saccas who taught Plotinus, and an Ammonius the Christian who wrote biblical texts. Influences Plato saccaw, Aristotle. Also, in my view, it swccas very unlikely that the founder of Neoplatonic philosophy should have been at the same time a Christian.

Origen the Christianand Origen the Pagan.

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The most famous pupil ammonius Ammonius Saccas was Plotinus who studied under Ammonius for eleven years. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. We do not know which these amkonius were, but I have proposed that one such doctrine was that Plato and Aristotle maintain that there is only one God, that is, an intellect which accounts for both the intelligible and the sensible reality and this principle summarizes the entire intelligible realm, on the assumption that the transcendent Aammonius constitute the divine thoughts.


Hierocleswriting in the 5th century, states that Ammonius’ fundamental doctrine was that Plato and Aristotle were in full agreement with each other: I have two other comments: His father Hermeias came from Alexandria, and Ammonius inherited the chair of philosophy at Alexandria from him.

Based on the above we have two major issues between Porphyry and Eusebius: Sacdas wrote no books and, with the aid of his pupils, kept his teachings secret after the manner of the Pythagoreans. In my view, the relationship of Plotinus to Ammonius is strongly reminiscent of the relationship of Plato to Socrates! January Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Accordingly, we have no direct evidence of his philosophical beliefs. According to Porphyry, inat the age of 28, Plotinus went to Alexandria to study philosophy:. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt in about A. The insistence of Eusebius, Origen’s pupil, and 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.

Ammonius Saccas was a self-taught philosopher; even so, he is the actual founder of Neoplatonism. Zeller, “Ammonius Saccas and Plotinus,” Arch.

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He was undoubtedly the biggest influence on Plotinus in his development of Neoplatonismalthough little is known about his own philosophical views. For the author of the early Ammonius synopsis please see Ammonius of Alexandria. Porphyry says he was a pagan; Eusebius demurs.