Last week and this I have been staying in two different hotels in neither of which it is easy to sleep. How great the noise is, in our society! It does make it difficult to do anything else.
Last night there were a couple of comments on the post in which I ask whether there is any actual ancient evidence that Pythagoras went to India. I ended up looking up and posting here all the passages in which it is mentioned that Pythagoras studied under the Brahmins; but none confirm the story of actually going to India.
The general quality of the passages is low; the whole story looks legendary. Fragments of Alexander Polyhistor, at second and third hand in Clement of Alexandria and Eusebius’ Praeparatio Evangelica; a statement in Apuleius’ Florida; a statement in the largely legendary Life of Apollonius of Tyana by Philostratus … this is not the stuff of good history.
I’m still working on the Mithras pages. I’ve created a page which lists all the inscriptions which mention a “pater patrum” of Mithras. It probably refers to a senior priest in a Mithraeum, but we don’t know for sure. Last night I also came across and read most of an article by Richard Gordon in the Blackwell Companion to Roman Religion, which gave a very nice overview of Mithraic studies.
A couple of translation projects are going forward as well.