The timeless brilliance of this exhaustive survey of the best classical writers of antiquity on Pythagoras was first published in 1687 in Thomas Stanley's massive tome, The History of Philosophy. It remains as contemporary today as it was over three hundred years ago. The text of the 1687 book has been reset and modernized to make it more accessible to the modern reader. Spelling has been regularized, obsolete words not found in a modern dictionary have been replaced, and contemporary conventions of punctuation have been used. Biographical sketches of Thomas Stanley and Pythagoras by Manly Palmer Hall, founder of the Philosophical Research Society, have been included, along with a profound overview of Pythagorean philosophy by Platonic scholar Dr. Henry L. Drake. The extensive Greek language references throughout the text have been corrected and contextualized, and reset in a modern Greek font. Each quotation has been verified with the source document in Greek. An extensive annotated appendix of these classical sources is included. A complete bibliography details all the reference works utilized, and a small Glossary defines a number of terms, especially those from musical theory, which may be unfamiliar to the non-technical reader.
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Who was Pythagoras and what did he teach? He lived from 570 to 495 BC, born on the island of Samos in the Aegean Sea, and is best known for the "Pythagorean Theorem" which is about the sum of the square of two sides of a right triangle equaling the square of the hypotenuse. Such discovery of the ways of numbers was central to Pythagoras' teachings, as mathematics, geometry and theology blended in what he called "philosophy" - a first use of the term, which adds to the word "sophos" meaning wisdom. Phythagoras went beyond wisdom to seeking an understanding of the universe and everything in it.
This book is a modern edited edition of a book first published in 1687 by Thomas Stanley, and it is a collection of information from a number of sources, including a biography of Pythagoras. What stands out for me is that Pythagoras founded a school of sorts that was also a bit of a cult. Full members of the school gave all their possessions to the organization and devoted themselves...
Interested in Pythagoras, get this book, but be prepared for old school writing about one of the very old schools. As common with rhetorical writing, there's a lot of effort to feature the logic of the postulations.
In my humble opinion, as one who is not reading this for scholarly reasons, but for personal growth, the bottom line is whether and how much the Pythagorean take on the nature of it all rings true to me. I wanted to take an esoteric trip that could reveal "new" ways of seeing. This book definitely delivers copious amounts on a mysterious genius about whom I had been most curious.
It's a celebration and exercise of the mind in full, which is very much in keeping with Pythagoras' point and so many others, that the mind makes our place unique, and thus closer to God.
This remarkable book covers a lot of bases about Pythagoras' philosophy, the school he founded, his life, his world view, and a fascinating subject it is.
One of the great mathematicians and philosophers, the life of Pythagoras serves as a history of classical thinking. "Pythagoras: His Life and Teachings" looks at the man who is most known for his work in the fields of mathematics and philosophy, but did much in many other intellectuals fields of the time. From religion to nutrition, Pythagoras pursued anything his mind drifted too and much of his discoveries still hold true to this day. "Pythagoras" is a key read and addition to any history or biography collection, highly recommended.
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