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

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

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.



Foreword by James Wasserman and J Daniel Gunther Preface by Manly P Hall Introduction by Dr Henry L Drake CONTENTS
The Country Parents and Time of Pythagoras
His First Education and Masters
How He Traveled to Phoenicia
How He Traveled to Egypt
How He Went to Babylon
How He Returned to Samos
Travels to Delos Delphi Crete and Sparta
Symbolic Numbers
The Monad
The Duad
The Triad
The Tetrad
The Pentad
The Hexad
The Heptad

How He Went to Olympia and Phlius
How He Lived at Samos
His Voyage to Italy
His Arrival at Crotona
His Oration to the Young
His Oration to the Senators
His Oration to the Boys
His Oration to the Women
His Institution of a Sect in Private and Public
His Authority in Civil Affairs
Wonders Related of
His Death
His Person and Virtues
His Wife Children and Servants
His Writings
His Disciples
The Succession of His School
The Great Authority and Esteem of Pythagoras
The Two Sorts of Auditors
Purificative Institution by Sufferings
Community of Estates
Admission or Rejection
How They Disposed the
How They Examined Their Actions
The Two Kinds of Sciential Number
The Ogdoad
The Ennead
The Decad
Divination by Numbers
Voice Its Kinds
First Music in the Planets
The Octochord
The Arithmetical Proportions of Harmony
The Division of the Diapason
The Cannon of the Monochord 7 Institution by Music
Medicine by Music
The Other Part of Practical Philosophy
Its Parts
Of the Sublunary Parts of the World
The Symbols of Pythagoras According to Iamblichus
The Same Symbols Explained by Others
The Golden Verses of Pythagoras
Of the Soul of the World by Timaeus the Locrian
Additional Notes to the Text by J Daniel Gunther
Silence 5 Abstinence Temperance and Other Ways of Purification

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About the author (2010)

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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