Plotinus

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Plotinus

Greece Syria / Rome @ 204/5 – 270 CE


Comments: early Platonist ; Ancients; the One, the Intellect, and the Soul were his 3 principles of Creation; Neoplatonism; Gnostic, but not like those negative Christian Gnostics; visible worlds a mimicry of World of Forms; All emanated from the Hidden God, and the Craftsman God creates this World in his best, but inferior imitation of the Real Invisible Spirit; Angelology;


Teachers: Ammonius Saccas ; Plato; Alexander of Aphrodisias; Numenius of Apamea; Philo;

Students: Porphyry; Amelius Gentilianus of Tuscany; Senator Castricius Firmus; Eustochius of Alexandria, a doctor; Proclus Lycaeus; Iamblichus; Julian the Apostate ; Hypatia of Alexandria; Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite; Syrianus; Olympiodorus the Younger; Proclus; Damascius; Simplicius of Cilicia, @ 530 CE ; Emperor Julian, @ 330 – 363; Al-Farabi aka Alpharabius; Avicenna; Averroes; Solomon ibn Gabirol aka Avicebron; al Ghazali aka Abu Hamid aka Algaze aka Algaze-li aka Abū Hamid al-Ghazālī; Al-Kindi ; al Himsi; Rabbi Isaac the Blind; Moses Maimonides aka the RaMBaM ; St. Augustine of Hippo; St. Thomas Aquinas ; Gregory of Nyssa; the Fatimid Caliphate in Egypt; Bertrand Russell; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Thomas Taylor; Gemistus Pletho aka Plethon ; Michael Psellos ,1018–1078; John Duns Scotus; ; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; W.B. Yeats; T.S. Eliot; Kathleen Raine; Ananda Coomaraswamy; his wife Ratan Devi AKA Alice Richardson; Adolf Kirchhoff; Richard Dufour; Friedrich Schleiermacher, 1768 – 1834; Henry More; Ralph Cudworth; Benjamin Whichcote ; John Smith of the Cambridge Platonists; Goethe; Carl Jung; Rudolf Steiner; Friedrich Schiller aka Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller ; Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling aka von Schelling, 1775 – 1854 ; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; Philip K. Dick; The Brethren of Purity of Iraq aka the Ikhwan al-Safa aka the "sleepers in the cave", perhaps led by Abû Sulaymân Muhammad ben Ma‘shar al-Bustî, aka al-Maqdisî; Abû Ahmad al-Nahrajûrî ; al-‘Awfî ;influenced Marsilio Ficino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola; Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim;

Friends - Cassius Longinus; fellow student Origen;


Enemies - Alexander the Paphlagonian of the Glycons aka Alexander of Abonoteichus, 105 – 170 CE ;

Organizations:

Author: Enneads; including "Against Those That Affirm The Creator of The Cosmos and The Cosmos Itself to Be Evil" aka "Against The Gnostics";


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plotinus; http://classics.mit.edu/Plotinus/enneads.html : http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/i10382.pdf ; http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/s9728.pdf ; Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas lecture series by Professor David Brakke, The Teaching Co/ Great Courses, 2015;