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Pythagoras - Iamblichus's Life - Symbol system

Identifier

014632

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Iamblichus – Life of Pythagoras [translated by Thomas Taylor]

These men [the Pythagoreans] spoke obscurely to each other through symbols, of which the celebrated precepts that are now in circulation retain a vestige; such as
Dig not Fire with a Sword:

and other symbols of the like kind, which taken literally, resemble the tales of old women; but when unfolded impart a certain admirable and venerable benefit to those that receive them.

The source of the experience

Pythagoras

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Fire
Symbol system

Symbols

Fire
Sword

Science Items

Symbol system

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

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