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A History of Pythagoreanism

Carl A. Huffman, Geoffrey Lloyd, Daniel W. Graham, Malcolm Schofield, Leonid Zhmud, Catherine Rowett, M. Laura Gemelli Marciano, Gábor Betegh, Reviel Netz, Andrew Barker, John Palmer, Oliver Primavesi, John Dillon, Stefan Schorn, Bruno Centrone, Jaap-Jan Flinterman, André Laks, Constantinos Macris, Dominic J. O'Meara, Andrew Hicks, Michael J. B. Allen
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  • Date Published: March 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316648476

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  • This is a comprehensive, authoritative and innovative account of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism, one of the most enigmatic and influential philosophies in the West. In twenty-one chapters covering a timespan from the sixth century BC to the seventeenth century AD, leading scholars construct a number of different images of Pythagoras and his community, assessing current scholarship and offering new answers to central problems. Chapters are devoted to the early Pythagoreans, and the full breadth of Pythagorean thought is explored including politics, religion, music theory, science, mathematics and magic. Separate chapters consider Pythagoreanism in Plato, Aristotle, the Peripatetics and the later Academic tradition, while others describe Pythagoreanism in the historical tradition, in Rome and in the pseudo-Pythagorean writings. The three great lives of Pythagoras by Diogenes Laertius, Porphyry and Iamblichus are also discussed in detail, as is the significance of Pythagoras for the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

    • The first detailed, comprehensive history of Pythagoreanism ever published
    • Covers the history of Pythagoras' influence from the sixth century BC until the seventeenth century AD
    • Accessibly written by twenty-one leading scholars
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    '… The book is remarkably comprehensive in its scope, and each chapter serves as a summary of primary texts and secondary scholarship on each respective subject. As a result, the volume is an excellent resource for specialists and novices alike. Anyone interested in the history of philosophy, of mathematics, of music and harmonics, or of the Pythagorean tradition as a whole should utilize this volume.' Justin M. Rogers, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316648476
    • length: 532 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Carl A. Huffman
    1. Pythagoras Geoffrey Lloyd
    2. Philolaus Daniel W. Graham
    3. Archytas Malcolm Schofield
    4. Sixth-, fifth- and fourth-century Pythagoreans Leonid Zhmud
    5. The Pythagorean Society and politics Catherine Rowett
    6. The Pythagorean way of life and Pythagorean ethics M. Laura Gemelli Marciano
    7. Pythagoreans, Orphism and Greek religion Gábor Betegh
    8. The problem of Pythagorean mathematics Reviel Netz
    9. Pythagorean harmonics Andrew Barker
    10. The Pythagoreans and Plato John Palmer
    11. Aristotle on the 'so-called Pythagoreans': from lore to principles Oliver Primavesi
    12. Pythagoreanism in the academic tradition: the early Academy to Numenius John Dillon
    13. The Peripatetics on the Pythagoreans Carl A. Huffman
    14. Pythagoras in the historical tradition: from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus Stefan Schorn
    15. The pseudo-Pythagorean writings Bruno Centrone
    16. From Nigidius Figulus to Alexander of Abonouteichos: Pythagoreans in Rome and Asia Minor around the turn of the Common Era Jaap-Jan Flinterman
    17. Diogenes Laertius' Life of Pythagoras André Laks
    18. Porphyry's Life of Pythagoras Constantinos Macris
    19. Iamblichus' On the Pythagorean Life in context Dominic J. O'Meara
    20. Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages Andrew Hicks
    21. Pythagoras in the early Renaissance Michael J. B. Allen.

  • Editor

    Carl A. Huffman, DePauw University, Indiana
    Carl A. Huffman is Research Professor and Emeritus Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University. He is author of Archytas of Tarentum: Pythagorean, Philosopher, and Mathematician King (2005) and Philolaus of Croton: Pythagorean and Presocratic (1993).

    Contributors

    Carl A. Huffman, Geoffrey Lloyd, Daniel W. Graham, Malcolm Schofield, Leonid Zhmud, Catherine Rowett, M. Laura Gemelli Marciano, Gábor Betegh, Reviel Netz, Andrew Barker, John Palmer, Oliver Primavesi, John Dillon, Stefan Schorn, Bruno Centrone, Jaap-Jan Flinterman, André Laks, Constantinos Macris, Dominic J. O'Meara, Andrew Hicks, Michael J. B. Allen

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