The Golden Verses Of Pythagoras And
Other Pythagorean Fragments
Selected and Arranged
FLORENCE M. FIRTH
THEOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING HOUSE
KROTONA, HOLLYWOOD, CAL.
scanned at sacred-texts.com, October 2002. John B. Hare, redactor.
1.THE GOLDEN VERSES OF PYTHAGORAS
2.NOTES ON THE GOLDEN VERSES OF
PYTHAGORAS FROM THE COMMENTARIES
3.THE GOLDEN SENTENCES OF DEMOCRATES
4.THE PYTHAGOREAN SENTENCES OF
5.THE SIMILITUDES OF DEMOPHILUS
6.PYTHAGOREAN ETHICAL SENTENCES FROM
7.SELECT SENTENCES OF SEXTUS THE
8.PYTHAGOREAN SENTENCES FROM THE
PROTREPTICS OF IAMBLICHUS
9.THE SYMBOLS OF PYTHAGORAS
IN this small volume an attempt has been made to gather
together the best and most reliable of the sets of Ethical Verses
attributed to the Pythagoreans.
Both Hall's translation from the Greek (1657), and Rowe's
translation from the French of André Dacier (1707), have been
used in reproducing the Golden Verses of Pythagoras, but
Dacier's version has been almost exclusively followed, being
clearer and more intelligible.
The Golden Sentences of Democrates, the Similitudes of
Demophilus, and Pythagorean Symbols are from Bridgman's
translation, and are to be found in his little book, Translations
from the Greek, published in 1804. The Pythagorean Sentences
of Demophilus, translated by Taylor, are contained in that
The remaining sets of verses, translated by Taylor, are appended
by him to his Iamblichus' Life of Pythagoras, published in 1818.
F. M. F.
THE GOLDEN VERSES OF PYTHAGORAS
1. First worship the Immortal Gods, as they are established and
ordained by the Law.
2. Reverence the Oath, and next the Heroes, full of goodness
3. Honour likewise the Terrestrial Dæmons by rendering them
the worship lawfully due to them.
4. Honour likewise thy parents, and those most nearly related to