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Pythagoras and the Early Pythagoreans$
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Leonid Zhmud

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289318.001.0001

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Who Were the Pythagoreans?

Who Were the Pythagoreans?

(p.105) 3 Who Were the Pythagoreans?
Pythagoras and the Early Pythagoreans

Leonid Zhmud

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a description of the history of Pythagorean societies after the death of Pythagoras. It then considers the criteria used by Aristoxenus in compiling his list of Pythagoreans. Compared with those applied in modern works, it is argued that, beyond a critical approach to the sources, we enjoy no special advantages over the first historian of Pythagoreanism. This is followed by a discussion of the prosopography and chronology of the Pythagoreans.

Keywords:   Pythagoras, Pythagorean societies, Pythagoreanism, Aristonexus, prosopography, chronology

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