Greek Philosophy And The Library Of Alexandria

The Teachings of the Egyptian Mysteries Reached Other Lands Many Centuries Before it
Reached Athens
According to history, Pythagoras after receiving his training in Egypt, returned to his native
island, Samos, where he established his order for a short time, after which he migrated to Croton
(540 B.C.) in Southern Italy, where his order grew to enormous proportions, until his final
expulsion from that country. We are also told that Thales (640 B.C.) who had also received his
education in Egypt, and his associates: Anaximander, and Anaximenes, were natives of Ionia in
Asia Minor, which was a stronghold of the Egyptian Mystery schools, which they carried on.
(Sandford's The Mediterranean World, p. 195–205). Similarly, we are told that Xenophanes (576
B.C.), Parmenides, Zeno and Melissus were also natives of Ionia and that they migrated to Elea
in Italy and established themselves and spread the teachings of the Mysteries.
In like manner we are informed that Heraclitus (530 B.C.), Empedocles, Anaxagoras and
Democritus were also natives of Ionia who were interested in physics. Hence in tracing the
course of the so-called Greek philosophy, we find that Ionian students after obtaining their
education from the Egyptian priests returned to their native land, while some of them migrated to
different parts of Italy, where they established themselves.
Consequently, history makes it clear that the surrounding neighbors of Egypt had all become
familiar with the teachings of Egyptian Mysteries many centuries before the Athenians, who in
399 B.C. sentenced Socrates to death (Zeller's Hist. of Phil., p. 112; 127; 170–172) and
subsequently caused Plato and Aristotle to flee for their lives from Athens, because philosophy
was something foreign and unknown to them. For this same reason, we would expect either the
Ionians or the Italians to exert their prior claim to philosophy, since it made contact with them
long before it did with the Athenians, who were always its greatest enemies, until Alexander's
conquest of Egypt, which provided for Aristotle free access to the Library of Alexandria.
The Ionians and Italians made no attempt to claim the authorship of philosophy, because they
were well aware that the Egyptians were the true authors. On the other hand, after the death of
Aristotle, his Athenian pupils, without the authority of the state, undertook to compile a history
of philosophy, recognized at that time as the Sophia or Wisdom of the Egyptians, which had
become current and traditional in the ancient world, which compilation, because it was produced
by pupils who had belonged to Aristotle's school, later history has erroneously called Greek
philosophy, in spite of the fact that the Greeks were its greatest enemies and persecutors, and had
persistently treated it as a foreign innovation.
Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy by George G. M. James
The Journal of Pan African Studies 2009 eBook
This is bullshit this dude was a revisionist.
Pythagoras is traditionally thought to have received most of his education in the Near East.[39] Modern scholarship has shown that the culture of Archaic Greece was heavily influenced by those of Near Eastern cultures.[39] Like many other important Greek thinkers, Pythagoras was said to have studied in Egypt.[40][20][41] By the time of Isocrates in the fourth century BC, Pythagoras's alleged studies in Egypt were already taken as fact.[34][20] The writer Antiphon, who may have lived during the Hellenistic Era, claimed in his lost work On Men of Outstanding Merit, used as a source by Porphyry, that Pythagoras learned to speak Egyptian from the PharaohAmasis II himself, that he studied with the Egyptian priests at Diospolis (Thebes), and that he was the only foreigner ever to be granted the privilege of taking part in their worship.[42][39] The Middle Platonistbiographer Plutarch (c. 46 – c. 120 AD) writes in his treatise On Isis and Osiris that, during his visit to Egypt, Pythagoras received instruction from the Egyptian priest Oenuphis of Heliopolis (meanwhile Solon received lectures from a Sonchis of Sais).[43] According to the Christian theologian Clement of Alexandria (c. 150 – c. 215 AD), "Pythagoras was a disciple of Soches, an Egyptian archprophet, as well as Plato of Sechnuphis of Heliopolis."[44] Some ancient writers claimed, that Pythagoras learned geometry and the doctrine of metempsychosis from the Egyptians.[40][45]