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36 - Ammonius Hermeiou and his school

from VI - Late Platonism
Ammonius was pagan teacher of pagan philosophy in Alexandria from the late fifth into the early sixth century. He was also the founder of an 'Alexandrian' school of Aristotelian interpretation. Ammonius is the first to provide us with a version of the ten preliminary points which Proclus thought necessary to begin the study of Aristotle. Aristotle, he says, is always doing natural philosophy when he does theology, while Plato is always doing theology when he does natural philosophy. An example of such different approaches may be found in Ammonius' conception of the Aristotelian God. It is clear that Ammonius was felt to be first and foremost an interpreter of Aristotle, and that his view was that such an interpreter had a duty to show the underlying agreement of Aristotle with Plato. He in fact founded a particularly Alexandrian form of late Platonism.
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