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Plotinus (; Greek: Πλωτῖνος, Plōtinos; c. 204/5 – 270) was a major Hellenistic philosopher who lived in Roman Egypt. In his philosophy, described in the Enneads, there are three principles: the One, the Intellect, and the Soul. His teacher was Ammonius Saccas, who was of the Platonic tradition. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Plotinus has received more than 944,709 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Plotinus is the 51st most popular philosopher, the 16th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 15th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Egyptian Philosopher.

Plotinus is most famous for his work "Enneads," which is a collection of nine books that are organized into three groups. The first group is called "The One" and the second group is called "The Soul." The third group is called "The World." Plotinus argues that the world is a reflection of the soul, which is a reflection of the One.

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Among philosophers, Plotinus ranks 51 out of 1,089Before him are Al-Farabi, Michel Foucault, Karl Popper, Protagoras, Hannah Arendt, and Henri Bergson. After him are Zeno of Elea, John Amos Comenius, Mikhail Bakunin, Lucretius, Empedocles, and Pliny the Elder.

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Among people born in 203, Plotinus ranks 1After him is Elagabalus. Among people deceased in 270, Plotinus ranks 1After him are Claudius Gothicus, Shapur I, Quintillus, Gregory Thaumaturgus, and Jungcheon of Goguryeo.

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Among people born in Egypt, Plotinus ranks 16 out of 520Before him are Hatshepsut (-1507), Joshua (-1355), Origen (185), Amenhotep III (-1403), Imhotep (-2800), and Hosni Mubarak (1928). After him are Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918), Anthony the Great (251), Anwar Sadat (1918), Rudolf Hess (1894), Catherine of Alexandria (287), and Ptolemy I Soter (-367).


Among philosophers born in Egypt, Plotinus ranks 2Before him are Origen (185). After him are Athanasius of Alexandria (295), Philo (-15), Sextus Empiricus (160), Muhammad Abduh (1849), Ammonius Saccas (175), Saadia Gaon (882), John Philoponus (490), Valentinus (100), Dhul-Nun al-Misri (796), and Olympiodorus the Younger (495).