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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The Theology of Arithmetic by Iamblichus of Chalcis
Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book 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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Lists with This Book. Sep 06, Erick rated it really liked it Shelves: This was definitely an interesting book.
It’s one of the few that we still have from that era that breaks down Pythagorean numerology in detail. While this book has historically been attributed to Iamblichus, it isn’t certain who ov 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, Speusippus, etc.
It is very possible that some portions of this work ar This was definitely an interesting book. Iamblixhus is theolovy possible that some portions of this work are notes from Iamblichus’ lectures, but it’s difficult to say for certain. One thd say fheology 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 were a bit more interesting than others; some of the natural philosophy would be considered archaic and obsolete by today’s scientific standards. That being said, there’s some really great discussions regarding the properties of iammblichus tetraktean numbers that goes beyond just mundane mathematics, e.
I also thought that the chapter 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 iamblicuhs 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 thology 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 with metalized domiciles bleaching under a fierce Arizona sun.
Indeed, these images are attempts at theeology 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.
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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 of numbers between one and nine as well as the sum of the first odd and even numbers one, the monad, 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 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 aritgmetic 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 origins of the Tree of Life.
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About Iamblichus of Chalcis. He is perhaps best known for his compendium on Pythagorean philosophy.
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