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Life of Pythagoras [Paperback]

Iamblichus , Thomas Taylor , T. Taylor
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11 Jun 1987
Authentic memoirs of the life of Pythagoras-the father of philosophy and the inventor of geometry-hold great interest for every lover of wisdom. Iamblichus' biography is universally acknowledged as deriving from sources of the highest antiquity. Its classic translation by Thomas Taylor was first printed in 1818 and is once again brought to light in this edition.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company; New Ed edition (11 Jun 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892811528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892811526
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 14.8 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SINCE it is usual with all men of sound understandings, to call on divinity, when entering on any philosophic discussion, it is certainly much more appropriate to do this in the consideration of that philosophy which justly receives its denomination from t Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful blast from the past.. 29 Oct 2005
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The reprinting of such gems as this 19th century edition of the great Thomas Taylor's translation of Iamblichus' Life of Pythagoras is no less than a service to humanity. Such books are otherwise impossible to come by. Even St. Andrews University (Scotland) has the book only in its 'Rare Books' section, and must be used in the Library. Pythagoras was an amazing character, to whom much more is owed than is ever acknowledged. Iamblichus treats him with great respect and love - a joy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Medium for the Introduction to the Life and Teachings of Pythagoras 19 Jun 2008
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Approximately eight-hundred years had lapsed since the passing of Pythagoras when Iamblichus penned his biography on the venerable philosopher sometime in the early 4th century AD. Yet Iamblichus was, by all means, wholly qualified for the task of compiling a fluid account of Pythagoras' life and work [collected from various histories and testamonia, ancient and closer to his time], since Iamblichus himself was an adept and ingenious philosopher, a mystic and pontiff who was the archetypal Platonist and Pythagorean. And moreover, he was enthusiastic, indeed one might say evangelic, in the transmission and dissemination of the teachings stemming from the Platonic/Pythagorean tradition. The Life of Pythagoras, then, was a cornerstone to the larger structure which he erected as an encyclopedia concerning Pythagoreanism. Other works included in Iamblichus' Pythagoric compendium are engaged with mathematical and numerical theory, commentary on the Pythagorean symbols and an exhortation to live the philosophic life, which also contains a commentary on many famed aphorisms belonging to the Pythagorean tradition [see, Thomas M. Johnson, Exhortation to Phil.]. The Life of Pythagoras is rich in detail and covers Pythagoras' life, work and legacy, while simaltaneously conveying tales pertaining to events sacred, miraculous [resembling early Christian hagiography] and mundane. Also included in the Life are scrupulous descriptions of Pythagorean doctrine and ritual practice and as an epilogue, Iamblichus furnishes us with a list of those philosophers who followed the Pythagorean succession. All in all, Iamblichus' biographical tribute to Pythagoras will serve as an excellent medium for the introduction to the life and teachings of Pythagoras.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 7 Sep 2008
By O. Long - Published on Amazon.com
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For being written a couple thousand years ago, this book is pretty good. Although wordy it gives a great narrative of Pythagoras after he returned home from his Egyptian and Summarian travels.
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