Friday, 16 October 2015

Apollonius and the Pythagoreans - Part II

First published on my classics blog, Memento, on 15 March 2015.

From around the first century BC, the Pythagorean movement underwent a reinaissance.  Pythagoras came to be seem as a kind of semi-divine figure - a master of teaching and doctrine who had given the other great Greek philosophers their ideas.  Writers forged entire treatises in the name of Pythagoras and his early followers in order to tell the world what they really ought to have said.  In the hands of the New Pythagoreans, Pythagoras and his legacy came to take on the appearance of a storehouse of wisdom on subjects ranging across metaphysics, magic, music, mathematics and morality.

Apollonius and the Pythagoreans - Part I

First published on my classics blog, Memento, on 26 February 2015.

In the next couple of posts, I want to look at the mysterious figure of Apollonius of Tyana, a Pythagorean holy man who flourished in the 1st century AD.

Pagans and Christians - First contact

First posted on my classics blog, Memento, on 20 September 2014.

"First contact" in the Star Trek sense, that is....  In this post, I want to look at the encounters between early Christianity and the ancient pagan world.  I take as my basis the experiences of the Christian apostle St Paul, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible.