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"Life of Apollonius of Tyana" by Philostratus
1.1 This is an introduction to Pythagoras.
Apollonius in his younger years, from age 16 to 28 or thereabouts, did his training as a philosopher at the school in Aegae. It is said that Apollonius had a natural interest in and affinity for, the Pythagorean teaching.
Pythagoras' religious predelictions:
- Pythagoras did not wear apparel made from dead animal products
- He abstained from all flesh and from offering animals in sacrifice.
- He would offer honey-cake and frankincense and the hymn of praise - these were the offerings made to the Gods by this man.
"Pythagoras said that Apollo had come to him acknowledging that he was the god in person."
The followers of Pythagoras accepted as law any decisions communicated by him... As part of their training, followers would impose a ritual silence on themselves.
1.2 Philostratus explains that Apollonius is not a wizard.
"For quite akin to theirs was the ideal which Apollonius pursued, and more divinely than Pythagoras he wooed wisdom and soared above tyrants."
"He had interviews with the wizards of Babylon and with the Brahmans of India, and with the nude ascetics of Egypt."
Apollonius in fact, did forsee and knew many things before they happened.
Apollonius made predictions correctly also, but some say "that he achieved these results by art of wizardry."
Philostratus says: "And I have gathered my information partly from the many cities where he was loved, and partly from the temples whose long-neglected and decayed rites he restored, and partly from the accounts left of him by others and partly from his own letters. For he addressed these to kings, sophists, philosophers, to men of Elis, of Delphi, to Indians, and Ethiopians; and in his letters he dealt with the subjects of the gods, of customs, of moral principles, of laws, and in all these departments he corrected the errors into which men had fallen. But the more precise details which I have collected are as follows."