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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These new interior patterns give us the harmonic proportions of 3, 4, 6, and 6, 8, 12, and 9, 12, And there are evidently also four elements fire, air, water and earth and their theoloyg heat, cold, wetness and drynesswhich are disposed in things according to the nature of the tetrad. It was practiced and studied concurrently with the science of mathematics, and by the same practitioners. Iamblivhus a matter of fact, however, the primary harmonic proportion thelogy usually regarded as 3, 4, 6, not 6, 8, Statesman Cambridge University Press, Aristotle: I can’t see anybody purchasing this book who doesn’t already have an interest in numerology and sacred geometry.

That is, the equality shared by the area and the sum of the sides see previous note.

The challenge that follows the allocation of three more points within the triangle figure 4 is to discover what numbers they should be, if they are not part of iamglichus existing progressions of 2 or 3. Further in from these and next to the pentad, as it were to the balance, are the tetrad and the hexad, which has the least excess,- for no smaller number than this can be thought of.

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Frederik Vandelannoote rated it really liked it Aug 04, This concept of unfolding or unveiling was particularly devel- oped by the ‘Platonizing’ school of Chartres in France, during the eleventh and twelfth centuries, most notably by Bemardus Sil- vestris in his commentary on Martianus Capella’s Marriage of Mercury and Philologia.

See Plato, Timaeus 53cc. The Thr of ten ‘dots’ with the basic arithmetiic between them. Kosmos universe literally means ‘order. Because it is taken to be matter, and if it is the first in which distance and the arirhmetic of linearity are visible, then here is the source of difference and of inequality; and besides because, to assess it in terms of what precedes it, it is more, while to assess the tetrad [12] in terms of what precede itthe tetrad is less, and the triad is in the middle of 5.

The etymology of Prometheus is here derived from the Greek for ‘not outrunning.

The Theology of Arithmetic by Iamblichus of Chalcis

Heteromecics start with 2, but end with 1. Both mathematics and its mystical counterpart belonged at that time to the oral tradition. If their mutual relations are to be preserved for them, they necessarily co-exist, because double is double what is half, and half is half what is double, and they are neither prior nor posterior, because they generate and are generated by each other, destroy and are destroyed by each other.


Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Aetius first or second century A. Among the virtues, they likened it to modera- tion: In fact, I believe that’s what it was really designed for: See Plato, Theaetetus d.

The harmonic proportion can be drawn as paths of symmetry within the pattern in the following way: So by this alternative approach it will follow, contrary to what we found earlier, 8 that the triad, rather than what precedes it, contains the principle of equality. But what is equal is homogeneous for there is only one type of equalitybut what is unequal is highly hetero- geneous for there are many types of inequality and has two primary types, greater and lesser; so also where the soul is con- cerned, there will be an equal part and an unequal part, and the equal part will be divine and rational, while the unequal part will be mortal and irrational; and the greater aspect of the unequal part is the passionate soul for it is a boiling over and, as it were, desire to shed excesswhile the lesser aspect is the appetitive soul for it is defective because of its seeking for what is missing ; but every- thing, when it is controlled by the rational part of the soul and partakes of equality on account of the rational part, gains virtue — the passionate part acquires courage, the appetitive part [36] mod- eration.

The author is bearing in mind the connection between fever and fire, and hence the pyramid see p. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. It’s surprising that this work, or works like it, were not included in Guthrie’s Pythagorean library.

Iamblichus – The theology of arithmetic

There are four kinds of plants — trees, shrubs, vegetables and herbs. A fourth point, that the separate double and triple series down the arms of the lambda add 5. It is very possible that some portions of this thoelogy are notes from Iamblichus’ lectures, but it’s difficult to say for certain. First, there is the complementarity of Sameness and Otherness with their proportional uniting principle of Being.

And again, they call the tetrad ‘Heracles’ with regard to the same notion of the year, as giving rise to duration, since eternity, time, critical time and passing time are four, as moreover are year, month, night and day, and [29] morning, midday, evening and night. The most elementary numerical properties are four — sameness in the monad, difference in the dyad, color in the triad 11 and solidity in the tetrad.


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. The apex takes up the generating role of the dyad or principle of multiplicity and thereby the created order. Note that this results in there being the non-repeating sequence of 6, 8, 9, 12, 16, 18, 24, 27, 32, 36, 48, 54, 72, 87, and The brain provides the source for man, the heart for [26] animals, the navel for plants, the genitals for them all: The Pythagorean Tetraktys as ‘dots.

I will describe what the discharge was like: For the monad is even and odd and even-odd; 2 linear and plane and solid cubical and spherical and in the form of pyramids from those with four angles to those with an indefinite number of angles ; perfect and over-perfect and defective; proportionate and harmonic; prime and incomposite, and secondary; diagonal and side; and it is the source of every relation, whether one of equality or inequality, as has been proved in the Introduction.

The reference is probably to Nicomachus, Introduction to Arithmetic, 1. Just so, the monad, which contrived by harmonizing the opposition of the sequences of squares and oblong numbers.

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It is also that, apart from one or two more extended and discursive passages such as the discussion of the relation between the pentad and justiceone constantly gets the impression that we are being shown the tip of an iceberg — that arithmetlc more arithmological speculation was available than we know from treatises such as The Theology of Arithmetic or occasional remarks in thology philosophers. The dancing-girl heard the sorts of things women say to one another, that when a woman is about to become pregnant iqmblichus seed stays inside her and does not come out.

This latter reason is also why they called it ‘ Amphitrite, ‘ because it yields from itself two separate triads: And Plato says that the first is the figure of fire, the second of air, the third of water, the fourth of earth, and the fifth of the universe.

Books by Iamblichus of Chalcis. Reviewers also mentioned reading the book numerous times. Not least for the rhe reason also the dyad can be called indefinite:

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