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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Among Ammonius’ other pupils there were Herennius and Cassius Longinus.

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Origen the Christianand Origen the Pagan. These things are said by Porphyry in the third book of his work against the Christians. A friend to whom he opened his heart divined his temperamental craving and suggested Ammonius, whom he had not yet tried.

In my view, the relationship of Plotinus to Ammonius is ammoniks reminiscent of the relationship of Plato to Socrates!

He was the first who had a godly zeal for the truth in philosophy and despised the views of the majority, which were a disgrace to philosophy. We do not know which these doctrines 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 Forms constitute the divine thoughts.

His admirers credited him with having reconciled the quarrels of the two great schools. Another explanation might be that there was only one Ammonihs but that Origen, who found the Neo-Platonist views of his teacher essential to his own beliefs about sqccas essential nature of Christianity, chose to suppress Ammonius’ choice of Paganism over Christianity.


Nemesisa Christian bishop and Neoplatonist of the late fourth century A.

Conversely, Eusebius asserts that Ammonius was celebrated for the writings that he left. He was undoubtedly the biggest influence on Plotinus in his development of Neoplatonismalthough little is known about his own philosophical views.

Ammonius Saccas

Views Read Edit View history. Little is known about Ammonius’s role in the development of Neoplatonism. Blavatsky had a profound interest in both Neoplatonism and Gnosticism and both subjects are still studied by Theosophical groups around the world.

N eoplatonism begins ammnoius Ammonius Saccas, but almost nothing is known of this philosopher. I refer to Origen, who is highly honored by the teachers of these doctrines.

Porphyrythe most important student of Plotinus, in his book entitled On the Life of Plotinus and the Arrangement of his Work, says the following: And since there were two Origens who were accepted as contemporaries it was easy for later Christians to accept that there were two individuals named Ammonius, one a Christian and one a Pagan.

His father Hermeias came from Alexandria, and Ammonius inherited the chair of philosophy at Alexandria from him. Ammonius held the divine philosophy unshaken and unadulterated to the end of his life.

Like Ammonius, Socrates B. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. I have also argued that Ammonius is likely to have considered the two philosophers in accord also on how God accounts for the existence of the world and how the intelligible and the sensible realm relate to each other.


It happened that the Emperor Gordian was at that time preparing his campaign against Persia; Plotinus joined the army and went on the expedition.

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. Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. Rosier, De commentitiis philosophiae Ammoniaceae fraudibus et noxis Tubingen, ; L.

Ammonius Saccas

Ammonius Saccas was a self-taught philosopher; even so, he ammojius the actual founder of Neoplatonism. 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 Plato and Aristotle in Agreement: Also, both Ammonius and Socrates originally held relatively menial occupations.

Retrieved from ” https: Carneades Clitomachus Charmadas Philo of Larissa. The biggest difference between the two men was that Hoffer was the author of ten books while Ammonius wrote nothing. Ammonius Saccas is reputed to be the first philosopher to employ the word theosophiameaning “divine ammonisu.

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.