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Plotinus
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I. Life

Plotinus, the founder and most significant philosopher of Neoplatonism, concealed his background; statements by later writers that he was an Egyptian are implausible. At the age of 28, he became a student of the Platonist Ammonius Sakkas in Alexandria. In 243 he joined the Persian campaign of Emperor Gordian III to gain a knowledge of Persian and Indian philosophy. When Gordian was murdered, Plotinus fled to Rome in 244, where he taught philosophy for 26 years. …

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Halfwassen, Jens, “Plotinus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024404>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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