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Headword: Θεανώ
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:
Θεανώ, Κρῆσσα, φιλόσοφος, θυγάτηρ μὲν Πυθώνακτος, γαμετὴ δὲ τοῦ μεγάλου Πυθαγόρου, ἐξ οὗ ἔσχε Τηλαύγην καὶ Μνήσαρχον καὶ Μυῖαν καὶ Ἀριγνώτην. τινὲς δὲ Βρωτίνου ταύτην γενέσθαι γυναῖκα γράφουσι καὶ τὸ γένος Κροτωνιᾶτιν. Ὑπομνήματα φιλόσοφα, καὶ Ἀποφθέγματα, καὶ ποίημά τι δι' ἐπῶν.
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.
[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.


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