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Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras #5

Of all the rest of mankind, make him your friend who distinguishes himself by his virtue. Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 5 Before we get to friends and virtue, we kind of have to turn back to the previous honor due our nearest relations, following our immediate family. Study as we might, we won’t find the […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras #4 (Redfield translation)

Be a good son, just brother, spouse tender and good father. Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 4, translated by Redfield Ach, the problems of translation. Why don’t we all just read Greek properly? I sure wish I did. One day I will. Today, we’re looking (and I hope NOT to do this too often) at an […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras #4

Honour likewise your parents, and those most nearly related to you. – Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 4 I have to start out with family, and with my own little subdivision. Remember we worked on Daemons, with that little “a” yesterday? Well, when it comes to family especially – while this is true for all humans […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras #3

Honour likewise the Terrestrial Daemons by rendering them the worship lawfully due to them. – Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 3 Words. They take work. The older the word, the more foreign, the less familiar, the more work the word takes. Then, if it sounds like another, closely connected word, there is a huge amount of […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras #2

Reverence the Oath, and next the Heroes, full of goodness and light. – Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 2 Look into your memory, now; your own personal, actual memory. Who – who if anyone? – can you think of that is full of goodness and light? Most of my non-religious friends tend to bristle a bit […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras: The Heroes & The Terrestrial Daemons

Question: Who are… 3.) The Heroes – full of goodness and light 4.) The Terrestrial Daemons …? The way to answer this question is to think of three countries. The first country is that of Olympus, the Immortal Gods. They represent the very order and stability of the universe itself in its established, lawful state. […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 7 Verses – 9 Hierarchical Elements

In approaching the 71 Golden Verses, there are of course many ways to create divisions. The first we’ll employ, here, is verses 1 – 7. Well, a word on reading, first. It is believed that during ancient times, in Greece and Rome, many practiced reading and memorizing all 71 verses, each and every day of […]

The Golden Verses of Pythagoras #1

First worship the Immortal Gods, as they are established and ordained by the Law. – Golden Verses of Pythagoras: 1 Pythagoras, the reputed author of these 71 verses, is perhaps a more mythical creature than a historic one. We have no writings we can attribute to his hand, and no direct historical evidence he even […]

Introducing: The Golden Verses of Pythagoras

In the following series, I will comment on each of The Golden Verses of Pythagoras. From Wikipedia: “The Golden Verses of Pythagoras are a collection of moral exhortations. They comprise 71 lines written in dactylic hexameter verse and are traditionally attributed to Pythagoras. The exact origins of the golden verses are unknown and there are […]