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Philoponus, Iohannes
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(Φιλόπονος/Philóponos, 'the industrious'; also called Γραμματικός/Grammatikós, 'the teacher').

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I. Life

P. was a Christian polymath who lived in Alexandria [1] around AD 490-575 and was a disciple of Ammonius [12]. His cognomen may have been inspired by his enthusiasm for his work or by his membership in the brotherhood of the philóponoi (φιλόπονοι). He was sharply criticized for his Christian faith by the Neoplatonist scholar Simplicius, a member of the Academy in Athens, after Emperor …

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Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) and Wildberg, Christian (Princeton), “Philoponus, Iohannes”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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