chapter  XVI
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Ammonius, Teacher of Origen

ByMark Edwards

Heinrich Dorrie remains alone in his view that the two men called Ammonius were distinct, though not entirely on Dorrie's grounds. This chapter presents the available evidence, and uses it to defend Dorrie's position against its detractors. It describes that the confusion of the two began in the early Christian centuries, through a mixture of knowledge and pardonable ignorance. Origen confirms the report of Porphyry concerning Ammonius O insofar as he alludes to a single teacher, and suggests, by styling him simply 'the master of studies', that he was known to his correspondent, and so a man of some renown. Porphyry's testimony that the Christian Origen studied with an Ammonius is therefore not an inference from his supposed identity with the pagan Origen, but a claim for which he must have had an independent source. The chapter advances another candidate, whose credentials for the position of Origen's tutor have not been adequately examined in modern discussion.