Spheres of Pythagoras
Zoroaster 6th Century BCE
Pythagoras was a contemporary of Siddhartha Guatama Buddha, Lao Tze and Zoroaster - all major figures in the period referred to as the Axial Age, when religious traditions experienced a major transformation and strong moral doctrines emerged. Pythagoras’ early travels took him to Egypt and Babylonia for a number of years to study geometry, ethics, mathematics and astronomy with the magi in Persia, the Chaldean masters and the sages of Egyptian mystery schools. The Pythagorean theorem, already known in Babylonia and China and later proven by Pythagoras was part of the Near Eastern doctrines he brought back with him to Greece. Aristoxenus claimed that during this time, Pythagoras studied with the Persian Prophet Zoroaster himself, who taught him the path to purity.