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The chapter of Constantinos Macris looks at four details in Iamblichus’s treatise De Vita Pythagorica, (1) the father of Pythagoras’ concern over correct names, (2) the young Pythagoras’ embodiment of the “triad of paideia” (natural gifts, instruction, and practice), (3) the stork as a model for a student’s filial love for his master, and (4) the parallelism between Pythagoras and Minos, the king of Crete and confidant of Zeus. By investigating these details, Macris sheds light on the Neoplatonic spin that Iamblichus puts on the biography of Pythagoras.

In: Ancient Philosophy and Early Christianity
In: Panthée: Religious Transformations in the Graeco-Roman Empire
In: Panthée: Religious Transformations in the Graeco-Roman Empire
A wide range of specialists provide a comprehensive overview of the reception of Pythagorean ideas in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, shedding new light especially on the understudied ‘Medieval Pythagoras’ of the Latin West. They also explore the survival of Pythagoreanism in the Arabic, Jewish, and Persian cultures, thus adopting a multicultural perspective. Their common concern is to detect the sources of this reception, and to follow their circulation in diverse linguistic areas. The reader can thus have a panoramic view of the major themes belonging to the Pythagorean heritage – number philosophy and the sciences of the quadrivium; ethics and way of life; theology, metaphysics and the soul – until the Early Modern times.
In: Brill's Companion to the Reception of Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance