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The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library: An Anthology of Ancient Writings Which Relate to Pythagoras and Pythagorean Philosophy Paperback – July 1, 1987
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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".
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The book is a compilation of all the fragments written by Pythagorean heavyweights. The Introduction covers Pythagorean theory on math and harmonics, as does the Appendix. Not to worry - you can get by without any advanced knowledge of mathematics.
The fragments and writings cover both his life and his doctrines. Some of the fragments, from Archytas in particular, were not only hard to read but also hard to follow the logic. Some sections I read and re-read before finally moving on. I understood the concept, but the logic was way over my head. Other writings, about his views on women and marriage, were more than a little sexist and very entertaining.
It is a very interesting book and well worth reading.
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The books starts with an excellent introduction into Pythagorean ideas about "The...Read more