Ammonius Saccas

175 - 242

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Ammonius Saccas (; Greek: Ἀμμώνιος Σακκᾶς; 175 AD – 242 AD) was a Hellenistic Platonist self-taught philosopher from Alexandria, generally regarded as the precursor of Neoplatonism and/or one of its founders. He is mainly known as the teacher of Plotinus, whom he taught from 232 to 242. He was undoubtedly the biggest influence on Plotinus in his development of Neoplatonism, although little is known about his own philosophical views. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ammonius Saccas has received more than 151,983 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Ammonius Saccas is the 271st most popular philosopher (up from 290th in 2019), the 112th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 120th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Egyptian Philosopher.

Ammonius Saccas is most famous for founding the Neo-Platonist school of philosophy.

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Among philosophers, Ammonius Saccas ranks 271 out of 1,089Before him are Alain Badiou, Gemistus Pletho, Vladimir Solovyov, Hugh of Saint Victor, Aristoxenus, and Adam of Bremen. After him are Carneades, G. E. Moore, Sri Aurobindo, Cleanthes, François Fénelon, and Johann Reuchlin.

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Among people born in 175, Ammonius Saccas ranks 4Before him are Sun Ce, Himiko, and Zhou Yu. After him is Gan Ning. Among people deceased in 242, Ammonius Saccas ranks 2Before him is Ardashir I.

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Among people born in Egypt, Ammonius Saccas ranks 112 out of 520Before him are Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (1954), Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani (1372), Amasis II (-700), Al-Suyuti (1445), Saint Menas (285), and Ayman al-Zawahiri (1951). After him are Ptolemy X Alexander I (-140), Sekhemkhet (-2800), Ptolemy XI Alexander II (-100), Setnakhte (-1300), Seqenenre Tao (-1600), and Georges Moustaki (1934).


Among philosophers born in Egypt, Ammonius Saccas ranks 7Before him are Origen (185), Plotinus (203), Athanasius of Alexandria (295), Philo (-15), Sextus Empiricus (160), and Muhammad Abduh (1849). After him are Saadia Gaon (882), John Philoponus (490), Valentinus (100), Dhul-Nun al-Misri (796), Olympiodorus the Younger (495), and Ammonius Hermiae (440).