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Headword: *qeanw/
Adler number: theta,84
Translated headword: Theano
Vetting Status: high
Cretan woman, philosopher, daughter of Pythonax, but wife of the great Pythagoras,[1] from whom she had Telauges[2] and Mnesarkhos[3] and Muia[4] and Arignote.[5] But some write that she was wife of Bro[n]tinos and a Crotoniate in origin. [She wrote] Philosophical Commentaries and Sayings and a poem in epic meter.
Greek Original:
*qeanw/, *krh=ssa, filo/sofos, quga/thr me\n *puqw/naktos, gameth\ de\ tou= mega/lou *puqago/rou, e)c ou(= e)/sxe *thlau/ghn kai\ *mnh/sarxon kai\ *mui=an kai\ *)arignw/thn. tine\s de\ *brwti/nou tau/thn gene/sqai gunai=ka gra/fousi kai\ to\ ge/nos *krotwnia=tin. *(upomnh/mata filo/sofa, kai\ *)apofqe/gmata, kai\ poi/hma/ ti di' e)pw=n.
See already theta 83.
For the present entry cf. Diogenes Laertius 8.42-43 (Life of Pythagoras); Porphyry, Life of Pythagoras 4. Several names of Pythagorean women are mentioned, but works attributed to them are of doubtful authenticity: see web address 1 below (from Carl Huffman, in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
[1] pi 3120, pi 3121, pi 3123, pi 3124.
[2] tau 481.
[3] (?)mu 1160.
[4] mu 1363.
[5] alpha 3872.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; geography; meter and music; philosophy; poetry; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 19 March 2002@11:42:44.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 20 March 2002@03:05:26.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 30 December 2012@07:27:02.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 28 August 2013@21:37:57.
Catharine Roth (modified link) on 4 January 2022@00:30:20.


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