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Introduction Plotinus' Life and Works

Dominic J. O'Meara

in Plotinus

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198751472
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198751478.003.0001
 Introduction Plotinus' Life and Works

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Sketches Plotinus’ life (his education in Egypt and teaching in Rome) on the basis of a critical discussion of the biography written by his pupil Porphyry. Porphyry's method in editing Plotinus’ works (an edition known as the Enneads) is explained and conclusions drawn concerning how Plotinus wrote his works and how we might approach them.

Keywords: ancient philosophy; Egypt; Enneads; history of philosophy; Plotinus; Porphyry; Rome

Chapter.  4186 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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