Divine Harmony: The Life and Teachings of Pythagoras

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Divine Harmony describes Pythagoras's wanderings in ancient Phoenicia, Egypt, Babylon, and Greece, and explores key Pythagorean ideas as taught at his scholarly community in southern Italy. This fascinating study of the sixth-century Greek scientist and mystic includes illustrations, a map, a new introduction, and an updated bibliography. Drawing on the writings of Pythagoras's disciples, the authors present a lively portrait of a man whose ideas continue to resonate.
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1999 H Hardcover F First Edition J Dust Jacket Included. New As NEW in As NEW DJ. Metaphysics 160p. Pythagoras, the sixth century BC Greek scientist and mystic, has long been ... recognized as a seminal figure in western thought, a teacher "whose influence on the ideas, and thereby on the destiny, of the human race was probably greater than that of any single man before or after him. " But until now, no accessible biographical study of him has been available for general readers. Drawing upon the most authoritative sources available?the writings of Pythagoras' disciples?Divine Harmony describes his wanderings in ancient Phoenicia, Egypt, Babylon, and the Greek islands, and the heart of Pythagorean ideas as taught at his scholarly community in Southern Italy. Strohmeier, a classical scholar, and Westbrook, a historian of music and Sacred Science, present a portrait of a man whose ideas are as powerful in our own time as they were two and a half millennia ago. Part I The Making of a Philosopher. 1. Birth of Pyth Read more Show Less

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Divine Harmony describes Pythagoras's wanderings in ancient Phoenicia, Egypt, Babylon, and Greece, and explores key Pythagorean ideas as taught at his scholarly community in southern Italy. This fascinating study of the sixth-century Greek scientist and mystic includes illustrations, a map, a new introduction, and an updated bibliography. Drawing on the writings of Pythagoras's disciples, the authors present a lively portrait of a man whose ideas continue to resonate.
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This introduction to the life and philosophy of Pythagoras, whom some might remember only for his famous theorem a2 + b2 = c2, focuses on the unity of science and mysticism that Pythagoras embodied. It begins with a discussion of his early life and travels, setting the foundations for his later work. Strohmeier and Westbrook, both independent scholars in classical languages and Indian and Western music, respectively, then move on to a discussion of his teachings, including his views on community, politics, divinity, body, and spirit, as well as his scientific explorations in astronomy, mathematics, and music. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780965377454
  • Publisher: Berkeley Hills Books
  • Publication date: 10/19/1999
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Chronological Note 17
Part 1 The Quest for Knowledge
The Birth of Pythagoras 21
Early Years 24
Studies in Ionia 26
Passage to Egypt 29
Temples of Egypt and Babylon 32
Travels in the Greek World 36
Departure for Italy 40
Part 2 The Teachings of Pythagoras
The Pythagorean Community 45
Knowledge 52
The Soul 57
Friendship 62
Mathematics 66
Music 78
Astronomy and Cosmology 86
Care of the Self 92
Magic and Miracles 97
Family Life 105
Politics and Justice 109
The Gods 116
Part 3 The Decline of the Pythagorean School
The Death of Pythagoras 123
The Followers of Pythagoras 129
Part 4 The Golden Verses
Translator's Note 137
The Golden Verses 139
Notes 143
Bibliography 153
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