The Golden Verses of Pythagoras

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras

Hierocles of Alexandria / Dec 07, 2019

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras This little collection of sayings attributed to the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras and his followers embody what we know about his teachings today Besides exhortations to live a mora

  • Title: The Golden Verses of Pythagoras
  • Author: Hierocles of Alexandria
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  • Page: 228
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  • This little collection of sayings, attributed to the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras and his followers, embody what we know about his teachings today Besides exhortations to live a moral, simple and contemplative life, these pithy aphorisms allow a glimpse of a bit of the Pythagorean schools deeper knowledge.Contents IntroductionThe Golden Verses of PythagThis little collection of sayings, attributed to the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras and his followers, embody what we know about his teachings today Besides exhortations to live a moral, simple and contemplative life, these pithy aphorisms allow a glimpse of a bit of the Pythagorean schools deeper knowledge.Contents IntroductionThe Golden Verses of PythagorasNotes on the Golden Verses of Pythagoras from the Commentaries of HieroclesThe Golden Sentences of DemocratesThe Pythagorean Sentences of DemophilusThe Similitudes of DemophilusPythagorean Ethical Sentences from Stob usSelect Sentences of Sextus the PythagoreanPythagorean Sentences from the Protreptics of IamblichusThe Symbols of Pythagoras

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    1. I am very much interested in this book and character. One of the reasons: why was he declared a NON-PERSON, by Napoleon? what’s a non-person? Why was he condemned by the Pope?(Hermes)Fabre, before approaching the verses attributed to Pythagoras, wrote some reflections on world poetry…e essence thereof. He himself invented a new (melodious) form of poetry. He got familiar with several Semitic languages. I’ve read some of his reflections and don’t agree with his assertion that Camões fail [...]


    2. Wonderful book. The search for knowledge and the search for virtue are the same in these verses. Even the agnostic reader might find many reasonable suggestions. I have no idea about the philology of this book, but its core ideas are really interesting. The split we take as natural came during the last centuries.


    3. Interesting collection of maxims, some of which are divided mid-sentence. Perhaps this is proper grammar in ancient Greek? Anyways, useful and beautiful. A shame that humanity still has not mastered these.A few samples:---------------7. Avoid as much as possible hating your friend for a slight fault.12. But above all things respect yourself.32. In no way neglect the health of your body.39. Do only that which will not hurt you, and think carefully about what you are going to do before you do it.6 [...]



    4. I think it's a great work. Some of the parts of the sections from other pythagoreans are quite patchy and a tad too religious. The Golden verses are pretty great, it's kind of a how to guide for living a good and wise life. You'll find some are similar to common sayings or christian preachings, they are probably things that people have been repeating to each other since language began.The best part for me is the symbols of pythagoras which are cryptic sayings that are alternately baffling, mad a [...]



    5. This is a very interesting book as Olivet uses the first part of the book to show his thoughts on poems, and ancient writings and how they relate to Pythagorean thinking, further to that how some poems have become much removed from the original intent of the Pythagorean verse. He shows how Pythagoras, in his opinion, used the Golden Verses to convey much more than was written. Or should I say Lysis, one of his students, did.The remainder of the book takes you verse by verse into the interpretati [...]


    6. I don't have much context for this; as far as I can tell, a lot of the material arguably consists of Neoplatonic shout-outs to Pythagoras rather than truly Pythagorean writings. Anyway, it all makes for fairly compelling reading, but the Golden Verses are a real standout.


    7. I loved the aphorisms in this shorter book. I have to admit that I thought that the translator was reaching a bit when interpreting the "Symbols" in the last chapter.


    8. Los versos de oro de Pytágoras, son un conjunto de principios, desde la visión del autor, que permiten llevar una vida digna y buena.Muchas de sus ideas me parecen válidas y otras no tanto.


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