Pythagoras. Who was Pythagoras?. Born around 530 BCE (Before Common Era) in Samos, Greece. Traveled around Egypt, Greece and Italy. Pythagoras. Settled on the Eastern coast of Italy. Believed in transmigration of souls. Believed the soul was immortal.
To be admitted to the Pythagorean School you had to be worthy, so there were tests both physical and intelectual.
There were three groups in the school.
Hearers only listened to lectures and could not speak when in the presence of those who had been in the school a longer time.
This lasted for about 3 years.
Even then much time was spent in silence and contemplation and learning the secrets of the Science of Numbers. These secrets were not shared with the common people.
No one studied with Pythagoras until this level was reached.
The secret symbol of the Pythagoreans was a pentagram.
He married Theano who also became a member of the school.
The Egyptians measure their fields with lengths of knotted rope. The size of the farmer's field is used to work out how big his harvest will be, and how much tax he should pay. This knotted rope indicates a triangle with sides of length 3, 4 and 5 units.