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David Hernández de la Fuente

The Lives of Pythagoras: Amid History, Philosophy and Myth


The writer and UNED lecturer in Early History, David Hernández de la Fuente, analyses the polemical and mysterious figure of Pythagoras (ca. 570-495 BC). The pre-Socratic philosopher, associated with the idea of supreme knowledge, has been the subject of mythification and legends, attributions that should be considered in conjunction with the historical data found in the writings of authors such as Herodotus and Diogenes Laërtius about him. Some of the most important concepts to come out of Pythagorean thinking include the introduction of the idea of the immortal soul, the creation of his school and the interest in social affairs.

Next Session: Pythagoras’s School: Wisdom, Community and Politics in Magna Graecia

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