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Plotinus
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(Πλωτῖνος; Plōtînos). Greek philosopher, founder of Neoplatonism.

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A. Life

P. was born in AD 205 (in the 13th year of the rule of Septimius Severus) and died in 270 at the age of 66 (Porph. Vita Plotini 2,34). His ethnic origin is difficult to determine. Eunapius (p. 456 Boissonnade) lists as his place of birth Lycon in Egypt (the town has been identified as Lyconpolis). The information is problematic because according to Porphyrius P. kept his place of birth secret. Proclus (Platonis …

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Hadot, Pierre (Limours), “Plotinus”, 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 20 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e928430>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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