Iamblichus’ Life of Pythagoras by Thomas Taylor
Publisher, John Watkins, London, 1965,
Limited to 500 copies
Hardback, with D/J, bound in cream book-cloth with gilt lettering to spine, dust jacket has a fold, all pages are clean with no markings. The front and back boards have discoloring throughout as shown in photo. Good minus condition.
Iamblichus’ account of the life of Pythagoras begins with the great philosopher’s birth on the island of Samos, his youth, and his wide renown in Greece. It briefly covers his early travels and his studies with the philosophers Anaximander and Thales, his twenty-two years of instruction in the temples of Egypt, and his initiation into the Egyptian and Babylonian mysteries. The later life and work of Pythagoras are richly elaborated, with humorous and profound anecdotes illustrating his philosophy and providing a unique view of community life under his tutelage in Crotona.