Plotinus is believed to have been born in Egypt in 205 A.D. In 232 he began study in Alexandria which he terminated in 243 to join an expedition of the Emperor Gordian to the East. Gordian was murdered during the expedition, forcing Plotinus to escape to Antioch. From 244 until his death he taught philosophy and wrote about his philosophical system in the Enneads. Plotinus regarded himself as a follower of Plato, but the influences of several other scholars, including Aristotle, are apparent in his work.
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