Measuring Heaven: Pythagoras and His Influence on Thought and Art in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Gavaler, Chris, The Virginia Quarterly Review
Measuring Heaven: Pythagoras and His Influence on Thought and Art in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Christlane L. Joost-Gaugier. Cornell, January 2006. $45
Though best known today for a geometry theorem named in his honor, the Pythagoras of independent scholar Joost-Gaugiers' study is arguably the most influential figure in all of human history. As the original Greek "philosopher" (he coined the term), his likely champions and proteges include a who's who of antiquity and early Christianity, including Sappho, Plato, Arisotle, Cicero, Ovid, Philo, Seneca, Emperor Julian, Emperor Hadrian, Eusebius, St. Jerome, and St. Augustine. His areas of influence span all of the "liberal arts" (a Neopythagorean term), but his greatest contributions may be religious. Remembered as a virgin-born, miracle-working son of God born well over five hundred years before Jesus, Pythagoras is credited for first articulating the concepts of Monotheism, the soul, and reincarnation, as well as for promoting and modeling a lifestyle of ideal virtue and austerity. Joost-Gaugier credits this diversity of belief for preserving Pythagoras' reputation well into the Middle Ages, where his biographies continued to be copied in monasteries and …
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Publication information: Article title: Measuring Heaven: Pythagoras and His Influence on Thought and Art in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Contributors: Gavaler, Chris - Author. Journal title: The Virginia Quarterly Review. Volume: 82. Issue: 4 Publication date: Fall 2006. Page number: 267+. © University of Virginia Winter 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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