500 B.C.E. Women Break the Rules and Attend “Pythagorean Secret Society”

The Pythagorean school that the famous Mathematical Wizard set up in Southern Italy over 2,000 years ago, was an illegal destination for women. Because the group was secretive, and the brotherhood tight-lipped, brave women attended the cryptic meetings. Some of the more famous historical names of Pythagorean followers were Plato, Aristotle, Hippocrates and Socrates. Plato is attributed to dispersing the theories of the brotherhood throughout Italy and into Egypt where Pythagoras had originally studied and initiated into the Egyptian “Ancient Mysteries”. What role Pythagorean’s female followers played is unclear but women’s role in the spread of Christianity is huge, its growth in ancient Italy is attributed to women convincing the men in their lives to accept the new religion.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

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The Guild (Book 2)

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A Houses of Worship Vacation?

Throughout history, houses of worship provide many benefits for their communities. They also provide a treasure trove for genealogists. I find historical houses of worship so interesting, I could design a vacation around them. They leave clues in their architecture, their stained glass windows, their name, their cemeteries nearby, their location, their founders and the year erected. I found a beautiful antique Star of David, leaded glass, stained glass window, embedded in an old church with Gothic style windows. It was not a synagogue, it was a Catholic Church. I’ve also heard that there are tiny (microscopic) Stars of David etched into the stained glass of at least one of Spain’s historical Catholic Churches, a sort of rebellious graffiti from the artisans who professed to be New Christians but held fast to their Jewish traditions.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

http://www.amazon.com/Lies-Lion-Lions-Trace/dp/0965114074

The Guild (Book 2)

http://www.amazon.com/Guild-Hesters-Goodwill-Lions-Trace/dp/1484916697

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Quadroon-Lions-Trace-Volume/dp/149283999X

eBooks and computer downloads available through Smashwords:

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