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Headword: *plwti=nos
Adler number: pi,1811
Translated headword: Plotinos, Plotinus
Vetting Status: high
Of Lykopolis,[1] [descended] from philosophers; student of the Ammonius who had once been a sakkophoros;[2] teacher of Amelios.[3] Porphyry learned from him,[4] and Iamblichos from him, and Sopatros from him. During the reign of Gallienus, when an old man, he remained until ...[5] and he compiled 54 books, which are [each] divided into nine rolls and referred to as the six Enneads.[6] He became physically weak as the result of the sacred disease [= epilepsy]. He wrote other works also.
Greek Original:
*plwti=nos, *lukopoli/ths, a)po\ filoso/fwn, maqhth\s me\n *)ammwni/ou tou= prw/|hn genome/nou sakkofo/rou, dida/skalos de\ *)ameli/ou: ou(= *porfu/rios dih/kouse, tou= de\ *)ia/mblixos, tou= de\ *sw/patros. e)pi\ de\ *gallihnou= ghraio\s w)\n die/meinen a)/xri ... kai\ sune/tace bibli/a nd#, a(/tina kata\ e)nne/a bi/blous dih/|rhtai kai\ le/gontai *)ennea/des e(/c. ge/gone de\ kai\ to\ sw=ma a)sqenh\s u(po\ th=s i(era=s no/sou. e)/graye kai\ a)/lla.
205-269/70 CE; see generally John Dillon in OCD4 s.v.; Lloyd Gerson in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy at web address 1.
[1] In Egypt.
[2] Ammonios: alpha 1640.
[3] Amelius: alpha 1549.
[4] Porphyry: pi 2098.
[5] Adler's apparatus notes two attempts to fill this lacuna: 'until 7 years [sc. has passed]' (in the Suda ed. pr.) and 'until Claudius II' (her own suggestion, prompted by delta 237). She also expresses the view that the transmitted die/meinen a)/xri, immediately before the lacuna, should more probably be die/teinen a)/xri; compare e.g. epsilon 2424.
[6] English translation online at web address 2.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; chronology; geography; history; medicine; philosophy; religion
Translated by: Joseph Grabau on 2 March 2004@04:50:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; supplied notes; augmented keywords; cosmetics) on 2 March 2004@05:50:34.
Catharine Roth (added links) on 2 March 2004@14:25:02.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 22 January 2012@16:57:37.
David Whitehead (another note) on 23 January 2012@03:29:34.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 7 October 2013@06:07:53.
David Whitehead (expanded n.5) on 15 July 2014@09:24:11.
David Whitehead on 10 August 2014@05:50:36.


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