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The Pythagorean Source Book and Library

The Pythagorean Source Book and Library

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By (author) Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie, Volume editor David R. Fideler

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  • Publisher: Phanes Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 20mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1991
  • Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids, MI
  • ISBN 10: 0933999518
  • ISBN 13: 9780933999510
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 207,984

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This anthology, the largest collection of Pythagorean writings ever to appear in English, contains the four ancient biographies of Pythagoras and over 25 Pythagorean and Neopythagorean writings from the Classical and Hellenistic periods. The material of this book is indispensable for anyone who wishes to understand the real spiritual roots of Western civilization.

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"The Pythagorean Sourcebok and Library is an indispensable compilation of original material in very readable translations to satisfy all needs for increasing our knowledge and understanding of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism".-- Platon

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PYTHAGORAS (fl. 500 B.C.E.), the first man to call himself a philosopher, was both a brilliant mathematician and spiritual teacher. This anthology is the largest collection of Pythagorean writings ever to appear in the English language. It contains the four ancient biographies of Pythagoras and over twenty-five Pythagorean and Neopythagorean writings from the classical and Hellenistic periods. The Pythagorean ethical and political tractates are especially interesting, for they are based on the premise that the universal principles of Harmony, Proportion, and Justice govern the physical cosmos, and these writings show how individuals and societies alike attain their peak of excellence when informed by these same principles. Indexed, illustrated, with appendices and an extensive bibliography, this work also contains an introductory essay by David Fideler.