Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Pythagoras
(8,754 words)

A. Historical dimension

(Πυθαγόρας/Pythagóras; Latin Pythagoras)

A. Historical dimension

The quest for the historical P. (6th cent. BC) yields no reliable answers, for P. probably left behind no writings [31.] and the reliable evidence is insufficient. The entire tradition of P. is filtered through reception history. The ancient accounts of his life and teachings are mostly problematic, even if they do rely on a historical substrate [04.97–120], for P. and the Pythagoreanism named after him were quickly …

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Renger, Almut-Barbara, “Pythagoras”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_COM_004713>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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