Occupation: Polymath and mystic.
Dates: c. 580-500 BC
Brief biography: There are so many tales about Pythagoras, many contradictory and confused, that it is impossible to be certain about much of his life. At some point he left Samos for Kroton in S Italy. There he and his followers formed a distinct community which was and continued to be politically active. About 50 years after his death the then-current members were exiled or killed.
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Last modified: 11 March 2003