AMMONIUS SACCAS, sak´kas: The founder
of Neoplatonism; he lived at Alexandria c. 175-242.
He was of Christian parentage and education,
but returned to heathenism. For a long time, it
is said, he earned his living as a porter and carried
the grain sacks from the ships; hence his name.
Herennius, Longinus, Plotinus, and Origen the
Neoplatonist, as well as the Christian Origen, were
among his pupils. He wrote nothing, and it is
impossible to reproduce his system from the statements of his disciples.