Ammonius of Athens

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Ammonius of Athens (Greek: Ἀμμώνιος), sometimes called Ammonius the Peripatetic, was a philosopher who taught in Athens in the 1st century.

He was a teacher of Plutarch, who praises his great learning,[1] and introduces him discoursing on religion and sacred rites.[2] Plutarch wrote a biography of him which is no longer extant.

From the information supplied by Plutarch, Ammonius was clearly an expert in the works of Aristotle, but he may have nevertheless been a Platonist philosopher rather than a Peripatetic.

He may be the Ammonius of Lamprae (in Attica) quoted by Athenaeus[3] as the author of a book on altars and sacrifices (Greek: Περὶ βωμῶν καὶ Θυσιῶν). Athenaeus also mentions a work on Athenian courtesans (Greek: Περὶ τῶν Ἀθηνσινῆ Ἑταιρίδων) as written by an Ammonius.[4]


  1. ^ Plutarch, Symp., iii. 1.
  2. ^ Plutarch, Symp., ix. 15.
  3. ^ Athenaeus, Deipnosophists, xi.
  4. ^ Athenaeus, Deipnosophists, xiii.