Part I. Introduction: 1. Evidence for the work: the excerpts preserved in Stobaeus; 2. Title and nature of the work; 3. Format and style of the work; 4. Fragments of the Pythagorean Precepts preserved in Iamblichus' On the Pythagorean Way of Life; 5. A comparison of Stobaeus' and Iamblichus' evidence for the Pythagorean Precepts; 6. Relationship of the Pythagorean Precepts to Aristoxenus' other works on the Pythagoreans; 7. The influence of the Pythagorean Precepts on the later Pythagorean tradition; 8. History of scholarship on the Pythagorean Precepts; 9. The standard view of the Pythagorean Precepts; 10. The ethical system of the Pythagorean Precepts; Part II. Fragments with Translation and Commentary: 11. The Pythagorean Precepts: a reconstructed text in English; 12. Fragment 1: obedience to parents and the laws (fr. 34 Wehrli = Stobaeus, 4.25.45); 13. Fragment 2: the importance of order and supervision for every age of life (fr. 35 Wehrli = Stobaeus, 4.1.49); 14. Fragment 3: desire (fr. 37 Wehrli = Stobaeus, 3.10.66); 15. Fragment 4: the generation of children (fr. 39 Wehrli = Stobaeus, 4.37.4); 16. Fragment 5: the love of what is beautiful and fine (fr. 40 Wehrli = Stobaeus, 3.1.101); 17. Fragment 6: learning must be willing (fr. 36 Wehrli = Stobaeus, 2.31.119); 18. Fragment 7: luck (fr. 41 Wehrli = Stobaeus, 1.6.18); 19. Fragment 8: human nature is prone to excess and needs the supervision of the gods, parents and laws (fr. 33 Wehrli, Iamblichus, VP 174-6); 20. Fragment 9: opinion, the training of children and young people, pleasure, desire, diet, and the generation of children (fr. 38 Wehrli, Iamblichus, VP 200-13); 21. Fragment 10: the appropriate and the inappropriate in human interaction. On starting points and rulers (Iamblichus, VP 180-3); 22. Fragment 11: friendship (Iamblichus, VP 101-2, 230-3); Part III. Appendices: 23. Subsidiary Precepts 1: avoid crowds in the morning, and 2: avoid hunting (Iamblichus, VP 96-100); 24. Subsidiary Precept 3: memory (Iamblichus, VP 164); 25. Subsidiary Precept 4: all sex is harmful (Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 10.9.3); 26. Stobaeus, Eclogae 3.1.71: divination, medicine, and music.
The first detailed study of The Pythagorean Precepts, which present the Pythagorean way of life praised by Plato.
Carl A. Huffman is Research Professor and Emeritus Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University, Indiana. He is author of Archytas of Tarentum: Pythagorean, Philosopher, and Mathematician King (Cambridge, 2005) and Philolaus of Croton: Pythagorean and Presocratic (Cambridge, 1993) and editor of A History of Pythagoreanism (Cambridge, 2014). He is author of the articles on Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism for the on-line Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and is one of the leading authorities in the world on ancient Pythagoreanism. He has been awarded fellowships by The Howard Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He also received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, which he held while a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey.