Unravelling the Mysteries of Pythagoras: Examining the Life and Legacy of the Ancient Philosopher
- Pythagoras is a pre-socratic philosopher believed to have lived between the 6th and 5th centuries BC
- He is sometimes called the first philosopher and holds a high status in the Western philosophical tradition
- Legends surround his life, but it can be difficult to tell fact from fiction
- His fame during his lifetime was not as a scientific philosopher, but rather as a semi divine being with significant psychic and spiritual powers
- Accounts of his life come centuries after he died, such as two works by Diogenes Lycist and Porphyry, as well as one by Neoplatonist Iamblichus.
Uncovering the Hidden Wisdoms of Pythagoras
- Pythagoras was a figure associated with secret wisdoms, who taught that the soul is distinct from the body and immortal
- He likely taught the theory of reincarnation and believed in divine judgment after death
- His followers followed a specific set of rules, including a vegetarian diet and abstention from beans
- Some have compared Pythagoras and his followers to the Orphic cult, which also included initiation into mysteries about Hades.
Mysterious Order of Pythagoras: Unveiling the Secrets of an Ancient Sect
- Pythagoras and his followers were a secretive group who believed in purifying their souls to achieve a better afterlife, or reincarnation
- They would practice silence and keep the secrets of their master’s teachings
- They were known for their ascetic way of life and special rituals
- They developed theories of number, harmony, music and geometry interconnecting them with the universe
- It is thought that Pythagoras had esoteric teachings involving numbers and harmony that later followers chose to follow.
Unravelling the Legacy of the Hippies of Antiquity: The Neo-Pythagoreans
- Pythagoras is an enigmatic figure in ancient Greek philosophy and religion who is believed to have originated many of the ideas we associate with Pythagoreanism
- Though he died centuries before, his name and legacy were carried forward by Neo-Pythagoreans in late antiquity who’s behavior and conduct may have been influenced by his so-called “Pythagorean way of life”
- These followers were often vegetarians, clothed simply and had unkept hair or beards, making them the “hippies of antiquity” despite their heavy influence from Plato
- The legacy of Pythagoras was continued through not only philosophical teachings but also by their behaviors
- And though he is most commonly associated with a theorem, he contributed much more to history than just that.