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Ammonius Saccas
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Ammonius Saccas (2nd–3rd cent. CE) was a philosopher, commonly regarded as the founder of Neoplatonism. He was the teacher of both the “pagan” philosopher Plotinus and the Christian philosopher and theologian Origen . His life is very scarcely documented, and his precise philosophical ideas are not much better known. His byname Saccas is malignantly etymologized by Theodoret of Cyrrhus of as a reference to the “sacks” that he purportedly carried in Alexandria’s harbor (Thdt. Affect. 6.60–73). Theodoret also sets Ammonius histor…

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Ramelli, Ilaria L.E., “Ammonius Saccas”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 26 September 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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