Pythagoras. By Lindsey Hagen. Preface.
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By Lindsey Hagen
Pythagoras wrote nothing, and no one else wrote about him during his time; during first centuries BC he was seen as a divine figure found in Greek tradition, including Plato and Aristotle's “mature ideas”. A number of treaties were, however, forged in his name. Whether they were by his hand or not is unknown. The following is speculation . . .
merchant from Tyre, and mother Pythais
island of Samos of the coast of present day
Turkey (showed right), although he did much traveling with his father to the different ports on
Polycrates, ruler of Asia Minor around 535 BC. The majority of his infamy would be staged
at this time.
but even more interestingly related is the theory of the golden ratio
explained in the short clip here
followers labeled as “Pythagoreans.” They continued his work and
expounded upon his ideas. As one can imagine, controversy developed in
various places, violence was also a result of a dispute.
The popular image is that Pythagoras was a mathematician and scientist. However his influence on Plato and Aristotle suggest that his renown was based “1. as an expert on the fate of the soul after death, who thought that the soul was immortal and went through a series of reincarnations 2. as an expert on religious ritual 3. as a wonder-worker who had a thigh of gold and who could be two places at the same time 4. as the founder of a strict was of life that emphasized dietary restrictions, religious ritual, and rigorous self discipline.”