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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N eoplatonism begins with Ammonius Saccas, but almost nothing is known of this philosopher. After long study and meditation, Ammonius opened a ammonlus of philosophy in Alexandria.

Ammonius held the divine philosophy unshaken and unadulterated to the end of his life. Porphyry and Plotinus both indicate that Ammonius left no written works. According to Nemesiusa bishop and Neoplatonist c. I have two other comments: 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.

The unequivocal disagreement between Porphyry and Eusebius on these two important issues provides support for believing that there may have been two different men: For the author of the early Gospel synopsis please see Ammonius of Alexandria.

When Gordian was killed in Mesopotamia, it was only with great difficulty that Plotinus came off safe to Antioch. Ammonius Saccas is reputed to be the first philosopher to employ the word theosophiameaning “divine wisdom. The details of his life are unknown, insomuch that he has frequently been confused with a Christian philosopher of the same name. He wrote no books and, with the aid of his pupils, kept his teachings secret after the manner of the Pythagoreans.

Ammonius Saccas who taught Plotinus, and an Ammonius the Christian sacxas wrote biblical texts.

At twenty-seven he [Plotinus] was caught by the passion for philosophy: It happened that the Emperor Gordian was at that time preparing his campaign against Persia; Plotinus joined the army and went on the expedition.


Ammonius Saccas was a self-taught philosopher; even so, he is the actual sacas of Neoplatonism.

However, the Christian historian Eusebius A. To add to the confusion, it seems that Ammonius had two pupils called Origen: Ammonis, we have no direct evidence of his philosophical beliefs. Another explanation might be that there was only one Ammonius but that Origen, ammonous 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. AlexandriaRoman Egypt.

Ammonius Saccas

F ragments left from Porphyry ‘s book entitled, Against the Christiansgive details about the life and teachings of Ammonius. Hierocles affirms that Ammonius’ aim was to reconcile the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle, and to combine mysticism with eclecticism. Focusing on the underlying thought behind the texts, Ammonius left aside doctrines forged by later philosophers, points of detail, and also certain flaws of the philosophers themselves, and reached an understanding of Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy as a whole, concluding that their basic doctrines are essentially the same.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt in about A. Both men were philosophers of the highest level; however; Hoffer wrote mostly about social issues while Ammonius mostly taught metaphysics. Ammonius was a charismatic teacher. His admirers credited him with having reconciled the quarrels of the two great schools. Ammonius was literally a sack carrier working on the docks of Alexandria, while Socrates was an Athenian stonemason.

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But Origen, having been educated as a Greek in Greek literature, went over to the barbarian recklessness. The International Society for Neoplatonic Studies pp. But this interpretation has been rejected.

Ammonius Saccas

Influenced OrigenPlotinus. He [ Ammonius ] adopted the doctrines which were received in Egypt concerning the Universe and the Deity, considered as constituting one great whole; concerning the eternity of the world, the nature of souls, the empire of Xmmonius and the government of the world by daimons. 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.


In his twenty-eighth year he [Plotinus] felt the sqccas to study philosophy and was recommended to the teachers in Alexandria who then had the highest reputation; but he came away from their lectures so depressed and full of sadness that he told his trouble to one of his friends. Most details of his life come from the fragments left from Porphyry ‘s writings. Hoffer was initially a migrant laborer but finally became a longshoreman on the docks of Los Angeles.

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I refer to Origen, who is highly honored by the teachers of these doctrines. Whittaker, The Neo-platonists Camb. And Ammonius held the divine sacvas unshaken and unadulterated to the end of his life. This conversion is contested by the Christian writers Jerome and Eusebiuswho state that Ammonius remained a Christian throughout his lifetime:.

Arcesilaus Lacydes Telecles Evander Hegesinus. The Schools of the Imperial Age. Plotinus went, heard a lecture, and exclaimed to his comrade: I have urged that Ammonius was an independent ajmonius who, though a Platonist, had a weaker commitment to Plato than most of his contemporary Platonists and hence was uninterested in interschool polemics.

He went and heard him, and said to ammonlus friend, “This is the man I was looking for. 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

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