Pythagoras: His Life and Teaching, a Compendium of Classical Sources

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Nicolas-Hays, Inc., May 1, 2010 - Philosophy - 352 pages
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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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Contents

His First Education and Masters
2
How He Trayeled to Phoenicia
3
How He Trayeled to Egypt
4
How He Went to Babylon 5 How He Returned to Samos
5
Trayels to Delos Delphi Ilrete and Sparta
7
How He Went to Olympia and Phlius
8
His Yoyage to Italy
10
His Arriyal at Qlrotona
11
The Monad
5
The Duad
6
The Triad
7
The Tetrad
8
The Pentad
19
The Hexad
21
The Heptad
24
The Ogdoad
26

Hi ration to the Youn
12
His Qration to the Senators
13
His Qration to the Boys
14
His Qration to the Women 15 His Institution of a Sect in Priyate and Public
15
His Authority in Iliyil Affairs
17
Wonders Related of
18
His Death
19
His Person and Yirtues
20
His Wife Ilhildren and Semants
21
Hi ritin
22
His Disciples
23
DISCIPLINES AND DOCTRINES OF THE PYTHAGOREANS
24
The Great Authority and Esteem 0f Pythagoras
1
The Two Sorts of Auditors
2
S Purificatiye Institution by Sufferings 4 Silence
4
Abstinence Temperance and Qther Ways of Purification
5
Community of Estates
6
Admission or Rejection
7
Distinction
8
How They Disposed the
9
How They Examined Their Actions
10
Secrecy
11
THE DOCTRINE OF PYTHAGORAS
14
Mathematical Sciences
15
The Mathematical Sciences Preparatiye to Philosophy Arithmetic
16
Intellectual
1
ciential
2
S The Two Kinds of Sciential Number
3
Symbolic Numbers
4
The Ennead
27
The Decad
29
Diyination by Numbers
1
Music
1
Yoice Its Kinds
1
First Music in the Planets
2
The Octochord
3
The Arithmetical Proportions of Harmony
4
The ame mbol Ex lained ther
4
The Diyision of the Diapason
5
The Cannon of the Monochord
6
Institution by Music
7
Medicine by Music
8
Geometry
11
Astronomy
19
Of a Point Line Superficies and Solid
1
Propositions
2
How He Determined the Stature of Hercules
5
The Other Part of Practical Philosophy
1
Its Parts
7
Physic
3
Of the Su lunar Part of the orld
2
Medicine
Glossary
Endnotes
Additional Notes to the Text by J Daniel Gunther
Bibliography
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Thomas Stanley (1625–1678) was the first English historian of philosophy. He gained distinction during his own lifetime as a poet and a translator.

Dr. Henry L. Drake (1906–1978), a close and loyal friend of Mr. Hall, served as vice-president of the Society for nearly three decades, in addition to editing a collection of Plato’s complete works.

James Wasserman has been a member of Ordo Templi Orientis sincer 1976. He has been described as a "founding father" of the modern O.T.O. and has played a key role in numerous seminal publications of Aleister Crowley's literary corpus. His writings and editorial efforts maintain a focus on spirituality, creative mythology, secret societies, history, religion, and politics. He has appeared in numerous documentaries on The History Channel and The Discovery Channel, addressed the National Press Club on esoteric symbolism, and has appeared on many radio broadcasts and podcasts.

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