Neopythagorean love


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  • adjective Of or pertaining to Neopythagoreanism.
  • noun An adherent of Neopythagoreanism.


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neo- +‎ Pythagorean


  • Prax. and Novat. de Trinit.) that one could assume that the God, _qui est super omnia_, might allow his monarchy to be administered by several persons, and might dispense the gift of immortality and with it a relative divinity.] [Footnote 128: See the so-called Neopythagorean philosophers and the so-called forerunners of Neoplatonism (Cf. Bigg, The Platonists of

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  • Although Michelangelo is responsible for the design and execution of the Sistine Chapel, the mind-bogglingly complex intellectual scheme underpinning the entire room was developed by the Neopythagorean Renaissance philosopher, Marsilio Ficino.

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  • Nothing in the room is an accident, nor -- given Neopythagorean thought, and the relatively advanced understanding of human anatomy during the early 16th century -- is it difficult to believe that God would be represented as a human brain.

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  • In ascribing geometrical knowledge of the five regular solids to Pythagoras, Kepler is following an erroneous Neopythagorean tradition, although the dodecahedron may have served as an early Pythagorean symbol (see on Hippasus in section 3.3 above and Burkert 1972, 70-71, 404, 460).


  • It is crucial to recognize from the beginning that the Pythagoras of the Middle Ages and Renaissance is the Pythagoras of the Neopythagorean tradition, in which he is regarded as either the most important or one of the most important philosophers in the Greek philosophical tradition.


  • Some of these earlier sources were heavily contaminated by the Neopythagorean view of Pythagoras as the source of all true philosophy, whose ideas Plato, Aristotle and all later Greek philosophers plagiarized.


  • Unfortunately, these two additional lives are written by authors (Iamblichus and Porphyry) whose goal is explicitly non-historical, and all three of the lives rely heavily on authors in the Neopythagorean tradition, whose goal was to show that all later Greek philosophy, insofar as it was true, had been stolen from Pythagoras.


  • It would appear, however, that Pythagoras was not made the source of all Greek philosophy, as he was in the Neopythagorean writings, but was rather presented one of a number of sages both Greek and non-Greek (e.g. Indians, Egyptians and Hebrews), who promulgated a divinely revealed philosophy.


  • (“Sevens”), a collection of 700 portraits of famous men, in the introduction to which Varro engaged in praise for the number 7, which is similar to the numerology of later Neopythagorean works such as Nicomachus 'Theology of Arithmetic; in another work Varro presents a theory of gestation, which has Pythagorean connections, in that it is based on the whole number ratios that correspond to the concordant intervals in music


  • Although Plotinus was clearly influenced by Neopythagorean speculation on first principles (see above), he was not a Neopythagorean himself, in that he did not assign Pythagoras a privileged place in the history of Greek philosophy.



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