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 word for ‘division’ dichesis is similar to that for ‘justice’ [dike – see also p.

If the universe is composed out of soul and body in the number 4, then it is also true that all concords are perfected by it. Klein, 1 9 Designed by David R. Since in a case of injustice those who are wronged and those who do wrong are equivalent, just as in a case of inequality the greater and the lesser parts are equivalent, but nevertheless those who do wrong are more unjust than those who suffer wrong for the one group requires punishment, the other compensation and helptherefore the parts which are at a distance on the side of the obtuse angle, where the weighing instrument is concerned and in the terms of our mathematical illustration i.

The study and use of gematria by Jewish Kabbalists is relatively well known; more often forgotten is the fact that even such seminal Christian writers as John of Ruysbroeck were perfectly prepared to see numbers as authoritative symbols and paradigms of divine principles. Whole sections are taken from the Theology of Arithmetic of the famous and influential mathematician and philosopher Nicomachus of Gerasa, and from the On the Decad of Iamblichus’ teacher, Anatolius, Bishop of Laodicea.

Symposium Oxford University Press, Plato: There are excerpts from Nicomachus, Anatolius, Speusippus, etc. The monad is called both even and odd because if it is added to an even number, the result is odd, while if it is added to an odd number, the result is even.

It was therefore held to have the properties of both evenness and oddness.

Iamblichus – The theology of arithmetic

Those who first formed the characters of the letters [40] in terms of shape — since 0 signifies nine, and the mean of it as a square is e, and the mean in nearly very case is seen as half — considered that e formed half of the letter 0, as if it were cut into two.

A ratio is, say, 2: Secondly, the text itself is undeniably scrappy.

And while the monad and the triad have opposite properties, the dyad is, as it were, the mean, and will admit the properties of both at once, as it occupies the mid-point between 3. And there are five precipitations — of rain, snow, dew, hail and frost — and five exhalations — steam, smoke, fog, mist and the so-called whirlwind, which some iambliichus ‘cyclone.


The four perfect numbers, or the four types of perfection, correspond to the four levels of the tetraktys. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. They call it ‘friendship’ and ‘peace,’ and further ‘harmony’ and ‘unanimity’: For these are the limits and, as it were, the sources of the properties of number — the monad of sameness which is regarded as absolute, the dyad of difference and what is already relative, the triad of particularity and of actual oddness, the tetrad of actual evenness.

Flynn rated it liked it Oct 08, For the squares before it have perimeters which are greater than their surface areas, while the squares after it, on the other hand, have perimeters which are less than their surface areas, but this square alone has perimeter equal to surface area. Introduction The Theology of Arithmetic is a curious, but valuable work.

In each of these cases there is the same monad in terms of form, yet different monads in respect of quantity, because it produces itself out of itself, as well as producing them, just as if it were the principle of the universe and the nature of things; and because it maintains everything and forbids whatever it is present in to change, it alone of all numbers resembles the Providence which preserves everything, and is most particularly suited both to reflect the principle of God and to be likened to him, in so far as it is closest to him.

First, from an academic point of view, given the author’s eclecticism, he has preserved, or he reflects, work which would otherwise be lost to us: For it is easier for a craftsman to procure matter for himself than for the reverse to happen — for matter to procure a crafts- man.

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For he says of someone still alive only “thrice blessed son of Atreus, ” but of those atithmetic have died an excellent death, “Thrice and four times blessed are the Greeks who perished then.

For one possibility is that if all the parts which are arranged at a fifth remove from the excessive parts are subtracted from them and added to the arithmegic parts, then what is being sought will be the result. That the hebdomad is particularly responsible for viability is shown by the arthmetic that even seven-month children are, thanks to it, And that is why it is called ‘Chance,’ because it accompanies everything which happens, and ‘critical time,’ because it has gained the most critical position and nature.

The Pythagorean Tetraktys as close packed circles in triangular form. Much of what Hall talks about in his books made this book comprehensible for me.

It’s a deep theoretical journey through mathematical patterns, ratios, and the realm of forms.

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Because it levels out inequality, they call it ‘Providence’ and ‘justice’ division, as it were23 and ‘Bubastian’ because of being honored at Bubastos in Egypt, 24 and ‘Aphrodite’ because it binds to allegorical interpretation.

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For the pyramid, which is the minimal solid and the one which first appears, is obviously con- tained by a tetrad, either of angles or of faces, just as what is perceptible as a result of matter and form, which is a complete result in three dimensions, exists in four terms. In fact, I believe that’s what it was really designed for: Hence they only then acquire fitness for engendering life, and among the Babylonians they do not play a part in religious ceremonies or partake in their priestly wisdom, but are debarred from all the initiations there before this time.

These ex- amples of interpretation are an indication that Plato put forward the Lambda pattern in the first instance as one of profound signi- fication and yet left the inquiring mind to unfold the layers of meaning and the ‘Pythagorean’ source for themselves.

This latter reason is also why they called it ‘ Amphitrite, ‘ because it yields from itself two separate triads: It is not too misleading a generalization to say that the Greek philosophers were impressed by the apparent orderliness of the universe and that this was for them the chief argument for some Intelligence being behind the universe.

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Your interests basically lead you to this book. In the fifth hebdomad, thanks to the manifestation of the har- monic 35, lamblichus increase as regards strength is checked, and after these years it is no longer possible for people to become stronger than they are.

Thus our treatise simply takes each of the numbers from one to ten, and spends a few pages describing its qualities and giving reasons for those qualities. So the reference is to Nicomachus, but as commented on by Iamblichus The Pythagorean Tetraktys as ‘dots.

Pythagoras and Pythagorean school — Early works to Karl rated it it was amazing Mar 18, Sometimes he jumps alarmingly from one source to another: For the hexad is the first and most basic number to encompass [48] an arithmetic mean,- for since the arithmetic mean is obviously contained primarily in 1, 2, 3, and the combina- tion of these is the hexad, then thr hexad admits the primary expression of proportionality and forms number itself, since the characteristic property of being a numerical mean is theologgy essen- tially in it; 15 and also the primary embodiment of scalene number is solidified in the sequence up to it — yheology, 2, 3.

Marilynn Hughes rated it it was amazing Apr 14, It would have fheology obvious because it stems from Plato, whose authority was revered.