Plotinos

1175 T-1. Discovered 1971 Mar. 25 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named for the Greek philosopher Plotinos (205-270). In Alexandria Plotin studied under the philosopher Ammonios Sakkas and participated in the war of Gordianus III against the Persians. During 246-268 he operated a school in neo-Platonic philosophy. He combined the school of Plato {see planet (5451)} with gnostic elements and oriental mysticism, and he strongly influenced Augustine - and therefore also christianity. (M 26932)

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