The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library

An Anthology of Ancient Writings Which Relate to Pythagoras and Pythagorean Philosophy

Author: David R. Fideler

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser

ISBN: 1609253949

Category: Philosophy

Page: 362

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Pythagoras (fl. 500 B.C.), the first man to call himself a philosopher or lover of wisdom, was both a brilliant mathematician and spiritual teacher. This anthology, the largest collection of Pythagorean writings ever to appear in the English language, contains the four ancient biographies of Pythagoras and over 25 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 acclaimed anthology also contains a foreword by Joscelyn Godwin and an introductory essay by the editor, David Fideler.


Leben, Lehre, Nachwirkung ; eine Einführung

Author: Christoph Riedweg

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406487149

Category: Pythagoras and Pythagorean school

Page: 206

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Ecocritical Approaches to Italian Culture and Literature

The Denatured Wild

Author: Pasquale Verdicchio

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1498518885

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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By recognizing the groundbreaking work of many non-Italian ecocritics, and linking to the homegrown contributions of Serenella Iovino, Marco Armerio, and Giovanna Ricoveri, the authors of Ecocritical Approaches to Italian Culture and Literature: The Denatured Wild, challenge the narrowly defined conventions of Italian Studies and illuminate the complexities of an Italian ecocriticism that reveals a rich environmentally engaged literary and cultural tradition.

Moral Education for Women in the Pastoral and Pythagorean Letters

Philosophers of the Household

Author: Annette Huizenga

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004245189

Category: Religion

Page: 446

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In Moral Education for Women in the Pastoral and Pythagorean Letters: Philosophers of the Household, Annette Bourland Huizenga examines the Greco-Roman moral-philosophical “curriculum” for women by comparing these two pseudepigraphic epistolary collections.

Alltagsleben und materielle Kultur in der arabischen Sprache und Literatur

Festschrift für Heinz Grotzfeld zum 70. Geburtstag

Author: Thomas Bauer,Ulrike Stehli,Thorsten Gerald Schneiders

Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag

ISBN: 9783447050098

Category: Social Science

Page: 457

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Dem Interessenspektrum des Jubilars entsprechend enthalt diese Festschrift 24 Beitrage zu Aspekten des Alltagslebens und der materiellen Kultur der arabisch-islamischen Welt von der altarabischen Zeit bis in die Gegenwart, mehrheitlich kombiniert mit philologischen Fragestellungen. In den Bereich der Geschichte der materiellen Kultur, die die Rolle der Sachguter im menschlichen Alltag, deren Gebrauch, Perzeption, Bewertung und Konnotation im jeweiligen Kontext untersucht, gehoren Aufsatze etwa zur Nahrungskultur, zu Einzelaspekten wie Bad, Schleier, Schrift und Schreibwerkzeug, Fest der Nilschwelle, Skorpion, Mullabfuhr, aber auch zur gelebten religiosen Praxis, zum "Sitz im Leben" einer Torinschrift oder zu materiellen Aspekten der Sprech- und Erzahltradition. In den Bereich der Mentalitatsgeschichte, die nach den Vorstellungen fragt, die Fuhlen und Handeln des Menschen in einer bestimmten Epoche pragen, fallen Artikel etwa zu den Themen Zeit und Trauer. Ein Verzeichnis der Schriften von Heinz Grotzfeld und ein Index zu den Beitragen erganzen den Band.


Pioneering Mathematician and Musical Theorist of Ancient Greece

Author: Dimitra Karamanides

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781404205000

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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Biography of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras and his lasting contributions on the fields of mathematics and philosophy.

Forgery and Counterforgery

The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics

Author: Bart D. Ehrman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199986894

Category: Religion

Page: 624

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"Arguably the most distinctive feature of the early Christian literature," writes Bart Ehrman, "is the degree to which it was forged." The Homilies and Recognitions of Clement; Paul's letters to and from Seneca; Gospels by Peter, Thomas, and Philip; Jesus' correspondence with Abgar, letters by Peter and Paul in the New Testament--all forgeries. To cite just a few examples. Forgery and Counterforgery is the first comprehensive study of early Christian pseudepigrapha ever produced in English. In it, Ehrman argues that ancient critics--pagan, Jewish, and Christian--understood false authorial claims to be a form of literary deceit, and thus forgeries. Ehrman considers the extent of the phenomenon, the "intention" and motivations of ancient Greek, Roman, and Jewish forgers, and reactions to their work once detected. He also assesses the criteria ancient critics applied to expose forgeries and the techniques forgers used to avoid detection. With the wider practices of the ancient world as backdrop, Ehrman then focuses on early Christian polemics, as various Christian authors forged documents in order to lend their ideas a veneer of authority in literary battles waged with pagans, Jews, and, most importantly, with one another in internecine disputes over doctrine and practice. In some instances a forger directed his work against views found in another forgery, creating thereby a "counter-forgery." Ehrman's evaluation of polemical forgeries starts with those of the New Testament (nearly half of whose books make a false authorial claim) up through the Pseudo-Ignatian epistles and the Apostolic Constitutions at the end of the fourth century. Shining light on an important but overlooked feature of the early Christian world, Forgery and Counterforgery explores the possible motivations of the deceivers who produced these writings, situating their practice within ancient Christian discourses on lying and deceit.

How to Kill Things with Words

Ananias and Sapphira under the Prophetic Speech-Act of Divine Judgment (Acts 4.32-5.11)

Author: David R. McCabe

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567502333

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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This work studies the literary and socio-discursive contexts of 'the Ananias and Sapphira episode' in Acts as a narrative illustrating the negative-ethos of community goods. This work examines the dynamics of the Ananias and Sapphira episode in Acts and its role in the narrative of Luke-Acts . McCabe locates the passage within its literary context, and emphasizes the manner in which it is embedded in a discourse on the life of the Christian community expressed through shared goods. Utilizing Speech-Act Theory , McCabe argues that Peter's words, divinely sanctioned, directly execute the divine judgment upon the couple. This is argued by appealing to the social processes and conventions of language-use within the context of a 'community-of-goods' discourse as present in the Lukan narrative. McCabe appeals to the conventions deployed in the narrative world of Luke-Acts which undergird the efficacy of prophetic speech to effect divine judgment, including the patterns established by prophetic figures in the Scriptures of Israel and Luke's own characterization of Jesus as Prophet-King, followed by an examination of Luke's characterization of Peter as an apostolic-prophetic successor to Jesus, deputized to speak on behalf of God. McCabe concludes by examining the successful execution of the speech-act of divine judgment. This is formerly the Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement , a book series that explores the many aspects of New Testament study including historical perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and theological, cultural and contextual approaches. The Early Christianity in Context series, a part of JSNTS , examines the birth and development of early Christianity up to the end of the third century CE. The series places Christianity in its social, cultural, political and economic context. European Seminar on Christian Origins and Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus Supplement are also part of JSNTS .

Is God a Mathematician?

Author: Mario Livio

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416594437

Category: Mathematics

Page: 320

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Bestselling author and astrophysicist Mario Livio examines the lives and theories of history’s greatest mathematicians to ask how—if mathematics is an abstract construction of the human mind—it can so perfectly explain the physical world. Nobel Laureate Eugene Wigner once wondered about “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in the formulation of the laws of nature. Is God a Mathematician? investigates why mathematics is as powerful as it is. From ancient times to the present, scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline could so perfectly explain the natural world. More than that—mathematics has often made predictions, for example, about subatomic particles or cosmic phenomena that were unknown at the time, but later were proven to be true. Is mathematics ultimately invented or discovered? If, as Einstein insisted, mathematics is “a product of human thought that is independent of experience,” how can it so accurately describe and even predict the world around us? Physicist and author Mario Livio brilliantly explores mathematical ideas from Pythagoras to the present day as he shows us how intriguing questions and ingenious answers have led to ever deeper insights into our world. This fascinating book will interest anyone curious about the human mind, the scientific world, and the relationship between them.

The Music of Pythagoras

How an Ancient Brotherhood Cracked the Code of the Universe and Lit the Path from Antiquity to Oute

Author: Kitty Ferguson

Publisher: Walker


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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The enthralling story of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, whose insights transformed the ancient world and still inspire the realms of science, mathematics, philosophy, and the arts. "Pythagoras's influence on the ideas, and therefore on the destiny, of the human race was probably greater than that of any single man before or after him," wrote Arthur Koestler. Though most people know of him only for the famous Pythagorean Theorem (a2 +b2=c2), in fact the pillars of our scientific tradition--belief that the universe is rational, that there is unity to all things, and that numbers and mathematics are a powerful guide to truth about nature and the cosmos--hark back to the convictions of this legendary sixth-century B.C. scholar. Born around 570 B.C. on the cultured Aegean island of Samos, Pythagoras (according to ancient tales) studied with the sage Thales nearby at Miletus, and with priests and scribes in Egypt and Babylon. Eventually he founded his own school at Croton in southern Italy, where he and his followers began to unravel the surprising deep truths concealed behind such ordinary tasks as tuning a lyre. While considering why some string lengths produced beautiful sounds and others discordant ones, they uncovered the ratios of musical harmony, and recognized that hidden behind the confusion and complexity of nature are patterns and orderly relationships. They had surprised the Creator at his drafting board and had glimpsed the mind of God! Some of them later would also find something darker in numbers and nature: irrationality, a revelation so unsettling and subversive that it may have contributed to the destruction of their brotherhood. Praised for her ability to illuminate complex subjects, Kitty Ferguson brilliantly evokes the archaic world of Pythagoras, showing how ideas spread in antiquity, chronicling the influence he and his followers have had on so many extraordinary people in the history of Western thought and science, and bringing a poignant human saga to readers who are daily reminded that harmony and chaos can and do coexist.

Resources in ancient philosophy

an annotated bibliography of scholarship in English, 1965-1989

Author: Albert A. Bell,James B. Allis

Publisher: Scarecrow Pr


Category: Philosophy

Page: 799

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Covers all philosophers appearing in standard textbooks, from Thales (580 BC) to Augustine (400 AD). A brief introduction to each thinker or school summarizes their major themes. ...valuable...for all academic libraries supporting courses in the history of philosophy. --CHOICE ...fills a definite need...a remarkable job...will be useful to both the specialist and nonspecialist. --RQ

Ancient world, prehistory-476 C.E.

Author: Christina A. Salowey,Frank Northen Magill

Publisher: Salem Pr Inc


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 998

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Great Lives from History: The Ancient World is the first title in a multivolume series covering the lives of important personages from the ancient world through the twenty-first century. This series revises the 11-volume Dictionary of World Biography. The Ancient World adds 66 new entries covering a wider geographical area and including more women, Asians, and Africans; updated bibliographies; a new page design; and a maps section. It includes 326 essays. No other comparably priced title covers the same breadth of content (geography, gender, area of achievement) with extended essays. The librarian-approved article format runs 3-6 pages, which is much more in depth than an encyclopedia entry but more accessible than a full-length scholarly treatment. Each article begins with ready-reference listings: Name by which the person is best known to English readers; Birth and death dates and places Identifier stating the person's nationality and life role; Areas of achievement list; Statement summarizing the person's contribution. Articles are then divided into four parts: Early Life: facts about the person's upbringing and the environment in which he or she was reared, as well as the pronunciation of his or her name, if unusual; Life's Work: the heart of the article consists of a straightforward account of the period during which the person's most significant achievements were made; Significance: overview of the person's place in history; Further Reading: annotated, descriptive bibliography, a starting point for further research. In addition, each essay is cross-referenced to other essays within the volume as well as to relevant essays in the companion set, Great Events from History: The Ancient World.


Author: Music Library Association

Publisher: N.A


Category: Music

Page: N.A

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