The Theology of Arithmetic. On the Mystical, Mathematical and Cosmological Symbolism of the First Ten Numbers. Attributed to Iamblichus. The Theology of Arithmetic: On the Mystical, Mathematical and Cosmological Symbolism of the First Ten Numbers. Front Cover. Iamblichus. Phanes Press, Jan 1. The theology of arithmetic: on the mystical, mathematical and cosmological symbolism of the first ten numbers. Front Cover. Iamblichus. Phanes Press, .
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Iamboichus Page. The Theology of Arithmetic by Iamblichus of Chalcis. An English translation of a classic metaphysical work dating from arond the 4th century, this text is about the mystical, hermetical and cosmological symbolism of the first ten numbers.
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Iamblichus – The theology of arithmetic
It’s one of the few that we still have from that era that breaks down Pythagorean numerology th detail. While this book has historically been attributed to Iamblichus, it isn’t certain who the author, or rather, compiler, was.
I say “compiler” because like a lot of works from this period, it seems to be more of a doxographical compendium.
There are excerpts from Nicomachus, Anatolius, Iamblichuss, etc. It is very possible that some portions of this work ar This was definitely an interesting book. It is very possible that some portions of this work are notes from Iamblichus’ lectures, but it’s difficult to say for certain. One can say though that much of the material is repeated in a number of analogous sources, i.
The overall structure of the book is based on the Pythagorean Tetraktys. Chapter one is on the Monad, chapter 2 is on the Dyad… all the way to chapter 10 on the Decad. Some of the chapters ghe a bit more interesting than others; some of the natural philosophy would be considered archaic and obsolete by today’s scientific arithmetuc.
That being said, there’s some really great discussions regarding the properties of the tetraktean numbers that goes beyond just mundane mathematics, e. I also thought that the tge on the triad was quite intriguing; while one is the monad, and two the dyad, three is considered to be the synthesis of the thesis of the monad and antithesis of the dyad.
Those not interested in the mystical interpretation of numbers in ancient Greek philosophy, probably won’t be interested in this work and should just stick to Euclid.
It’s surprising that this work, or works like it, were not included in Guthrie’s Pythagorean library. It really is a great addition to the works found in that collection. Taking into account the importance of numbers in Pythagorean philosophy, and the importance of the Tetraktys specifically, this is definitely an essential read for those interested in that tradition; but it also serves as a great example of Neo-Platonism as well.
Aug 27, David added it. Feb 07, Tony Gualtieri rated it really liked it. For certain synesthetes, all numbers have allusions beyond simple quantification. Thus, “” might be a restaurant in the French countryside that specializes in dishes seasoned with tarragon, while “” is an aging trailer park iamblichu metalized domiciles bleaching under a fierce Arizona sun.
Indeed, these images are attempts at describing something more elusive: For the Pythagoreans, numbers evoke an entire metaphysics that moves well beyond the cha For certain synesthetes, all numbers have allusions beyond simple quantification. For the Pythagoreans, numbers evoke an entire metaphysics that moves well beyond the charms of synesthesia. They believe that numbers embody reality and their allusions represent universal truths.
They give special emphasis to the first ten numbers. This book, attributed to Iamblichus but reading more like a student’s lecture notes, outlines Pythagorean numerology. As an example, the pentad embodies justice since it is the center of the run ot numbers between one and nine as well as the sum of the first odd and even numbers one, the arithmettic, is not considered either even or odd.
The text is terse throughout and often obscure, but it is a fascinating glimpse of minds attempting to make sense of a chaotic world.
The Theology of Arithmetic by Iamblichus of Chalcis
iamvlichus The simple mathematics of Greek arithmetic can inspire a complex and sophisticated mysticism. Apr 25, Christopher Plaisance rated it it was amazing Shelves: An excellent translation indeed, the only English translation of an exceedingly interesting set of notes on Neopythagorean arithmology.
The explication of the Neopythagorean idea of the relationship between the tetrad and the decad has much to tell students of the Qabalah about the true theolgoy of the Tree of Life. Karl rated it it was amazing Mar 18, James rated it really liked it Dec 29, Arthur rated it liked it Mar 29, Thomas Monteforte rated it it was amazing Oct 05, Catt rated it really liked it Apr 03, Technomonk rated it really liked it Oct 16, Alex Kartelias rated it really liked it Sep 04, Gang of rated it really liked it Nov 17, First rated it liked it Sep 23, Dealer rated it it was ok Dec 20, Dean rated it really liked it Sep 09, Stephen rated it really liked it Jul 21, Avrohom rated it it was amazing Jun 30, Rebecca aritjmetic it it was amazing Jan 26, Flynn rated it liked it Oct 08, L rated it did not like it May 12, Boniface Wolfsong rated it really liked it Aug 21, Marilynn Hughes rated it it was amazing Apr 14, Frederik Vandelannoote rated it really liked it Aug 04, Dean Bonkovich rated it it was amazing Jun 03, Guilherme Kalnin rated it liked it Jun 10, Deborah Rankin rated it liked it Jun 17, John rated it it was amazing Dec 01, Freeman Presson rated it it was amazing Oct 20, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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