Ancient Philosophy, Mystery, and Magic
Empedocles and Pythagorean TraditionBook - 1995
This is the first book to analyze systematically crucial aspects of ancient Greek philosophy in their original context of mystery, religion, and magic. The author brings to light recently uncovered evidence about ancient Pythagoreanism and its influence on Plato, and reconstructs the fascinating esoteric transmission of Pythagorean ideas from the Greek West down to the alchemists and magicians of Egypt, and from there into the world of Islam.
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
Characteristics: ix, 422 p. : maps ; 22 cm