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Ammonius Sakkas
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[German Version]

(the epithet Sakkas is dubious), teacher of Plotinus, Longinos, the pagan Origen and the Christian Origen, taught until c. 242 ce as a Platonic philosopher in Alexandria; the report that he was originally a Christian cannot be verified. Apparently very impressive as a teacher, he wrote nothing; his closest students, including Plotinus and the pagan Origen, agreed to keep his doctrine secret. It is not possible to infer Ammonius's xspecific doctrinal opinions. Consequently, the nature and scope of his influ…

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Halfwassen, Jens, “Ammonius Sakkas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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