TIMELINE: His Early Childhood

* Pythagoras was the son of a wealthy jeweler of Samos and of a woman named Parthenis. [Edouard Schure, Pythagoras and the Delphic Mysteries, p. 16.]

* His parents, previous to his birth, consulted the Delphic Oracle, when they were promised “a son who would be useful to all men and throughout all time….” [Bernard H. Springett, Secret Sects of Syria and the Lebanon, Chapter XI: Pythagoras and His System, pp. 98-106]

* Even before his birth the wonderful child, in the moon of love, had been fervently consecrated to the worship of Apollo by his parents. [Edouard Schure, Pythagoras and the Delphic Mysteries, p. 16.]

* By Delphic oracular advice the parents went to Sidon, in Phoenicia, so that the predestined son might be conceived, formed, and, born far from the disturbing influences of his own land. [Bernard H. Springett, Secret Sects of Syria and the Lebanon, Chapter XI: Pythagoras and His System, pp. 98-106]

* Pythagoras was born about 582 B.C. at Sidon, in Phoenicia. His parents, Mnesarchus and Pythias, descendants of Ancaeus, who colonized the island of Samos by order of the Pythian oracle…. They were a family of prominence in Samos, very religious and devoted to the worship of Apollo. The father was a cutter of stones and a wealthy jeweler; some specimens of his work may yet be found in our museums. The birth of Pythagoras was a consecrated ordeal…. It may be noted that Pythagoras was born of parents who were much in love with each other – a requisite, as Pythagoras himself taught, that makes for parentage on its highest plane. [A Group of Students, Pythagoras: Greek Philosopher, Initiate Teacher, Founder of A Brotherhood at Crotona, p. 11-12]

* Dacier says…. In honor of the god, the father changed the name of his wife to Pythias, and, when the son was born, named him Pythagoras. [A Group of Students, Pythagoras: Greek Philosopher, Initiate Teacher, Founder of A Brotherhood at Crotona, p. 12-13]

* The name [Pythagoras] in Welsch means “explication of the universe,” from the verb “pythagori,” to explain the system of the universe… [A Group of Students, Pythagoras: Greek Philosopher, Initiate Teacher, Founder of A Brotherhood at Crotona, p. 13-14]

* When one year old, again acting on Delphic advice, he was taken to the temple of Adonai, in the Lebanon valley, for a blessing from the high priest there. [Bernard H. Springett, Secret Sects of Syria and the Lebanon, Chapter XI: Pythagoras and His System, pp. 98-106]

* The child of Parthenis was very beautiful and gentle, clam and sedate. Intellectual passion alone gleamed from his eyes, giving a secret energy to his actions. Far from opposing, his parents had encouraged him in his precocious leaning towards the study of wisdom. He had been left free to confer with the priests of Samos and the savants who were beginning to establish in Ionia schools in which the principles of natural philosophy were taught. [Edouard Schure, Pythagoras and the Delphic Mysteries, p. 17.]

* His father died while he was yet young; his mother brought him up in prudence and temperance, and from early childhood he was generally respected and honored, even by the aged. [A Group of Students, Pythagoras: Greek Philosopher, Initiate Teacher, Founder of A Brotherhood at Crotona, p. 24]