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Plotinus (; Greek: Πλωτῖνος, Plōtînos; c. 204/5 – 270 CE) was a philosopher in the Hellenistic tradition, born and raised in Roman Egypt. Plotinus is regarded by modern scholarship as the founder of Neoplatonism. His teacher was the self-taught philosopher Ammonius Saccas, who belonged to the Platonic tradition. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Plotinus has received more than 1,232,607 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia. Plotinus is the 55th most popular philosopher (down from 51st in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 16th 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 55 out of 1,081Before him are Zeno of Elea, Empedocles, Karl Popper, Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, and Lucretius. After him are Henri Bergson, Anaxagoras, Herbert Spencer, Mikhail Bakunin, Edmund Husserl, and Gorgias.

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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, Gregory Thaumaturgus, Quintillus, and Jungcheon of Goguryeo.

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Among people born in Egypt, Plotinus ranks 17 out of 582Before him are Catherine of Alexandria (287), Joshua (-1355), Amenhotep III (-1403), Origen (185), Anthony the Great (251), and Imhotep (-2800). After him are Rudolf Hess (1894), Hosni Mubarak (1928), Anwar Sadat (1918), Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918), Nefertari (-1290), and Dalida (1933).


Among philosophers born in Egypt, Plotinus ranks 2Before him are Origen (185). After him are Athanasius of Alexandria (295), Philo (-15), Muhammad Abduh (1849), Sextus Empiricus (160), Ammonius Saccas (175), John Philoponus (490), Saadia Gaon (882), Dhul-Nun al-Misri (796), Valentinus (100), and Ammonius Hermiae (440).