The Pythagorean Society and Politics

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In this chapter on the role of the Pythagoreans in the political life of Southern Italy, I draw on a variety of evidence about the political life of the period, and the Pythagoreans involvement in it, some from authors concerned with the Pythagorean heritage, and some from historians interested more generally in the cities of southern Italy. I then add my own speculative reasoning, and a critique of the speculations of others. My aim is to give the reader some sense of the historical context, the problems involved in reconstructing the story, and plentiful references to the primary texts where what counts as evidence can be found.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA History of Pythagoreanism
EditorsCarl Huffman
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Print)9781107014398
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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