Measuring Heaven: Pythagoras and His Influence on Thought and Art in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Front Cover
Cornell University Press, 2006 - Architecture - 359 pages
1 Review

Surviving fragments of information about Pythagoras (born ca. 570 BCE) gave rise to a growing set of legends about this famous sage and his followers, whose reputations throughout Antiquity and the Middle Ages have never before been studied systematically. This book is the first to examine the unified concepts of harmony, proportion, form, and order that were attributed to Pythagoras in the millennium after his death and the important developments to which they led in art, architecture, mathematics, astronomy, music, medicine, morals, religion, law, alchemy, and the occult sciences. In this profusely illustrated book, Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier sets out the panorama of Pythagoras's influence and that of Christian and Jewish thinkers who followed his ideas in the Greek, Roman, early Christian, and medieval worlds. In illuminating this tradition of thought, Joost-Gaugier shows how the influence of Pythagoreanism was far broader than is usually realized, and that it affected the development of ancient and medieval art and architecture from Greek and Roman temples to Gothic cathedrals.Joost-Gaugier demonstrates that Pythagoreanism--centered on the dim memory of a single person that endured for centuries and grew ever-greater--inspired a new language for artists and architects, enabling them to be "modern."

 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

I needed to do a 3 page paper on Math History. I chose Pythagoras because I felt he'd be easy to write on. I had no idea his impact on the world, math, music and art specifically, was so profound. This book is an ideal reference for those wanting to know more about the man behind all these great accomplishments. Also, for reference, http://www.completepythagoras.net, has even more information that can be used for research. 

Contents

Pythagoras in the Greek World
11
Pythagoras in the Roman World
25
Pythagoras in the Late Pagan and Early Christian Worlds
44
Pythagoras in Medieval Memory
66
Pythagoreanism in Greek and Roman Antiquity
79
Neopythagoreanism in the Late Pagan and Early
101
A New Pythagoreanism
116
PYTHAGOREANISM IN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
135
The Oldest Surviving Pythagorean Building and Its Significance
154
The Pythagoreanism of Hadrians Pantheon
166
Pythagoreanism in Medieval Art
182
The Pythagorean Heritage of Medieval
222
Conclusions
246
Bibliography
327
Index
355
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier is a distinguished independent scholar. She is the author of Raphael's Stanza della Segnatura: Meaning and Invention and Jacopo Bellini: Selected Drawings and her work in the history of art and the history of ideas has been published extensively in international journals and conference proceedings.

Bibliographic information