Reincarnation and Metempsychosis

  • The Phaedrus and Reincarnation“, R. S. Bluck, in The American Journal of Philology, Vol. 79, No. 2 (1958), pp. 156-164.
  • The Soul, in the Phaedrus
  • Metempsychosis: “The earliest Greek thinker with whom metempsychosis is connected is Pherecydes of Syros; but Pythagoras, who is said to have been his pupil, is its first famous philosophic exponent. Pythagoras probably neither invented the doctrine nor imported it from Egypt, but made his reputation by bringing Orphic doctrine from North-Eastern Hellas to Magna Graecia and by instituting societies for its diffusion. The real weight and importance of metempsychosis in Western tradition is due is due to its adoption by Plato

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