The figure of Pythagoras is commonly associated only with geometry and numbers, but in fact his teachings tend to harmoniously unify the emotional and spiritual with the rational side of the human being.
“Around 530 B.C., Pythagoras left the Greek island of Samos, dominated by the tyrant Polycrates, and came to establish himself in Crotone, which he had visited in his youth with his father” (Porphyry – Life of Pythagoras, chapter 2).
Here, he opened his school which united life practices to scientific and philosophical speculations. “In virtue of these life practices, all of Italy (that is the actual Calabria) … thanks to Pythagoras, received the name Magna Graecia and gave birth to a great number of philosophers, poets and legislators. The Arts… and the written legislation passed on from there to Greece” (Iamblicus – The Pythagorean Life, chapter 166).
The success of the Pythagorean School in the ancient world derived from the synthesis of the culture of the populations where Pythagoras had lived: Greeks, Syrians, Hebrews, Egyptians, Chaldeans and Persians. This knowledge he then conjugated to the values practiced by Italis: freedom for slaves, communion of life and property, vegetarianism, non-competitiveness and friendship, therefore putting into place the basis for a rational social organization. Thus the School was born and the Magna Graecia started to develop.
The south of Italy, today’s Calabria in particular, underwent from then onwards an unstoppable decadence which has lasted up to the present day. This can mainly be attributed to the loss of identity brought about by successive foreign occupation and domination, which violated all of the Italic and Pythagorean principles: Hannibal, Pyrrhus, Roma, Goth, Longobards, Byzantine, Arab, Saracen, Norman, Angioine, Aragonese and Spanish…
Today we consider essential the need to explore and use the Magna Graecia cultural treasure hidden under the ruins of such decadence. This project is not animated by desires to return to the past or seek revenge, but rather it is dictated by the willingness to make the Earth the common residence for all people, to overcome the divisions and obstacles generated by envies, religions, politics, races and gender. With only this as our aim, ancient and modern, the New Pythagorean School will surge from the ashes from where it once was established and operated: Crotone.