Medieval Number Symbolism: Its Sources, Meaning, and Influence on Thought and Expression

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Courier Dover Publications, 2011 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 241 pages
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Thoughtful examination of the symbolism attached to numbers during the Middle Ages and the extent to which it was rooted in medieval culture. Detailed study of number symbolismís derivation from elementary roots and astrological sources, the adoption and elaboration of number philosophy by the early Church Fathers, Danteís use of number symbolism, and more.
  

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Contents

ELEMENTARY NUMBER SYMBOLISM
3
THE ASTROLOGICAL NUMBERS
12
PYTHAGOREAN NUMBER THEORY
33
THE GNOSTICS
50
THE EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITERS
69
MEDIEVAL NUMBER PHILOSOPHY
89
THE BEAUTY OF ORDER DANTE1
136
NUMBER SYMBOLS OF NORTHERN PAGANISM
203
BIBLIOGRAPHY
213
INDEX
233
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