Was Pythagoras ever really in Sparta?

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Abstract

This article examines the biographical evidence for a plausible connection between the philosopher Pythagoras and Sparta. It takes into consideration the sources that we have on the subject as well as their probable motivations. A variety of sources are employed to this end and they range from philosophical treatises to archaeological artefacts. It also considers other potential reasons as to why Pythagoras or Pythagorean philosophers might be interested in Sparta. These include, but are not limited to, issues of Spartan social organisation, (near) sexual equality and music.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalRosetta: Papers of The Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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