Rosicrucian Digest

The Pythagoreans

Volume 87 Number 1 2009

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Paths of the Ancient Sages:
A Pythagorean History
Peter Kingsley, Ph.D.

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Image: Bust of Pythagoras; Pythagorean School in Egypt; Hermes Trismegistus ; Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo

Hermes Trismegistus

Pythagoras the Teacher:
From Samos to Metapontum
Giulia Minicuci, adapted by Mary Jones, S.R.C.

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The School of Pythagoras
Ruth Phelps, S.R.C.

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Images: Pleiades


The Golden Verses of Pythagoras

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Images: Pythagoras; Pythagoras and a Celestial Sphere


Pythagoreans and Sculptors: The Canon of Polykleitos
Hugh McCague, Ph.D., F.R.C. 

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Images: Doryphoros; Vitruvian Man; Halle Berry, 2004



Pythagoras and Music
Melanie Richards, M.Mus., S.R.C.

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Images: Arithmetica; Pythagoras Experimenting with Weights; Monochord; Pythagorean Table; The Creative Word


The Neo-Pythagoreans at the Porta Maggiore in Rome
Lisa Spencer, M.A.O.M., S.R.C.

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Images: Neopythagorean Basilica; Maenads with the Head of Pentheus;The Psyche in Transformation;Cupids with Butterflies; Eros and the Chariot; Liber Abbaci, Codice Magliabechiano Manuscript

Liber Abbaci, Codice Magliabechiano Manuscript

Jean Guesdon, S.R.C.

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Images: Knight with the Rose; Louis Claude de Saint-Martin

Knight with the Rose

Music of the Spheres and Pythagorean Numerology
Frater X

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Image: Music of the Spheres; The Divine Monochord; Spherical Conception of the Universe

Music of the Spheres

Apollonius: History or Fable?
Ben Finger, Jr.

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Image: The Wandering Philosopher; Constantine Manasses; Birth of Buddha at Lumbini; The Seven Liberal Arts: Pythagoras as a symbol for Arithmetic; Ruins of the Temple of Artemis

The Wandering Philosopher

Reviewing our Acts
Ralph M. Lewis, F.R.C.

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Images: Pythagoras Experimenting with the Pitch of Tuned Bells and Water-filled Cups

Pythagoras Experimenting with Pitch

A Pythagorean Bookshelf
Staff of the R+C Research Library

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Images: Rafael


Supplementary Web Articles

Life is Number: the Universe is Music
Caterina Autelitano, adapted by
Mary Jones, S.R.C.

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Images: Pythagoreans Celebrate Sunrise; The Dyad; Pythagorean Tetrad; Pythagorean Tetrakty; Pythagoras Experimenting; School of Athens; Music of the Spheres; Commentary on the Somnium Scipionis; Divine Monochord

Pythagoreans Celebrate Sunrise

Philosophical and Scientific Reflections on the Pythagorean Tetraktys
Giuseppe Chindemi, adapted by
Mary Jones, S.R.C.

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Images: Pythagorean Tetraktys and the Hebrew Tetragrammaton; Last Supper; Vitruvian Man; Monad; Dyad; Triad; Tetrad; Tetraktys; Universe ; Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleev; Artist’s conception of a water molecule; Structure of DNA

Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleev

The Pythagorean Philosophy of Numbers
Silvano Leonessi, adapted by Mary Jones, S.R.C

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Images: Portrait of Aristotle; Iamblichus of Chalchis; Number as a Universal Principle; Einstein’s Portrait; Geometric Figure

Einstein's Portrait

Pythagorean  Teachings  Across  the Centuries
Angela Tripodi, adapted and expanded by the R+C Research Library Staff and Friends

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Images: Temple Dedicated to Hera Lacinia; Portrait of Socrates; Alexander Visits the Sage Plato; Bust of Aristotle; Sphinx ; Virgil ; Diogenes Laertius;Averroes and Porphyry; Pythagoras Advocating Vegetarianism; Open cluster of the Pleiades; Anatomy of Melancholy; On the Consolation of Philosophy; Music and Pythagoras; Fibonacci Spiral; Ritratto di Frà Luca Pacioli; Arabic numerals; Pythagoras at Chartes

Ritratto di Frà Luca Pacioli

Egyptian Numerology: the Pythagorean Triangle and Its Esoteric Meaning.  Historic Notes and Comments on Sacred Geometry
Antonietta Francini, S.R.C., M.D. with Benefactor Taciturnus, F.R.C.

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Images: Vesica Piscis;HSL on Giza Plateau; Egyptian Triangle; Triangle;Metatron; Solids; Agrippa; Frater and Soror Lewis


Examinations of the Golden Verses
Antoine Fabre d’Olivet, Translated by Nayán Louise Redfield (1917), and adapted for modern readers.

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Images: Fabre; Pythagoras; Aten; Timaeus; Plato

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