Pythagoras and the Early Pythagoreans

Pythagoras and the Early Pythagoreans In ancient tradition Pythagoras c c BC emerges as a wise teacher an outstanding mathematician an influential politician and as a religious and ethical reformer Arguably the most influentia

  • Title: Pythagoras and the Early Pythagoreans
  • Author: Leonid Zhmud
  • ISBN: 9780199289318
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In ancient tradition, Pythagoras c 570 c 495 BC emerges as a wise teacher, an outstanding mathematician, an influential politician, and as a religious and ethical reformer Arguably the most influential thinker among the Presocratics, he was thought to have possessed supernatural qualities This combination of characteristics has led to his portrayal as a controversiIn ancient tradition, Pythagoras c 570 c 495 BC emerges as a wise teacher, an outstanding mathematician, an influential politician, and as a religious and ethical reformer Arguably the most influential thinker among the Presocratics, he was thought to have possessed supernatural qualities This combination of characteristics has led to his portrayal as a controversial and elusive figure In contrast, his early Pythagorean followers, such as the doctors Democedes and Alcmaeon, the Olympic victors Milon and Iccus, the botanist Menestor, the natural philosopher Hippon, and the mathematicians Hippasus and Theodorus, all appear in our sources as rational as they can possibly be This volume offers a comprehensive study of Pythagoras, Pythagoreanism, and the early Pythagoreans through an analysis of the many representations of the individual and his followers, allowing the representations to complement and critique each other Using sources dating back to before 300 BC, Zhmud portrays a historical picture of Pythagoras and of the political society founded by him in Croton With chapters devoted to the sciences, philosophy, and religion cultivated by Pythagoreans, a critical distinction is made between the theories of individual Pythagoreans They were as normal as any other Presocratic, a normality that ensured the continued existence of Pythagoreanism as a philosophical and scientific school.

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    1. this is an academic text. once again i wonder why i read this: i am reading everything the u library has on Pythagoras, for the 'legend' if not the historical truth of the man, his followers, his thought, his influence on everything historical, in science, numbers, philosophy, is fascinatingonce again scholars must work around the fact much of Pythagoras remains speculative, he wrote nothing, he is known by others, his status and ideas, his political, his philosophical, his eminence is in many w [...]

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