He was born in cosmopolitan Alexandria, in his day one of the world’s centres of learning, where Origen had access to a wide array of texts and brilliant instructors. e patronage of wealthy Christians enabled him to study with Ammonius Saccas, the Platonist philosopher who would later instruct Plotinus, as well as other teachers, such as an unnamed Jewish convert to Christianity who introduced Origen to rabbinic traditions of scriptural interpretation. He eventually founded his own school of advanced studies. Justin Martyr and Clement of Alexandria had already worked to integrate Greek philosophy into Christianity, as Philo had into Judaism, and Origen drew on their pioneering work in his account of Christianity as the true philosophy that all philosophies strove to be, but failed. As his published works circulated, his fame grew, and his work took him to cities throughout the Roman Empire, including Antioch, where he was summoned to a debate by the Emperor Alexander Severus’ mother, Julia Mammaea. Origen le" Alexandria in 233 and eventually settled in Caesarea, where he was ordained a priest. In addition to preaching, he continued to run his own school of advanced studies and write. His years in Caesarea were exceptionally productive until he
was arrested and tortured in the persecutions of the Emperor Decius. Weakened by the torture, he died shortly a" erwards, probably in 255 when he was 69.