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Arignote (Greek: Ἀριγνώτη; c. 500 BC) was a Pythagorean philosopher, a student of Pythagoras and Theano,[1] and, according to some traditions, their daughter as well.[2][3][4]

According to the Suda,[1] she wrote a Bacchica concerning the mysteries of Demeter, which was also entitled the Sacred Narrative. The Suda mentions a separate work called The Rites of Dionysus,[1] which is also mentioned by Clement of Alexandria.[5] Writings attributed to her were extant in Porphyry's day.[4][6]

Among the Pythagorean Sacred Discourses there is a dictum attributed to Arignote:

The eternal essence of number is the most providential cause of the whole heaven, earth and the region in between. Likewise it is the root of the continued existence of the gods and daimones, as well as that of divine men.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Suda, Arignote
  2. ^ Suda, Pythagoras
  3. ^ Suda, Theano
  4. ^ a b Porphyry, Life of Pythagoras, 4
  5. ^ Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, iv. 19
  6. ^ Gilles Ménage, (1984), The History of Women Philosophers, page 53. University Press of America
  7. ^ Mary Ellen Waithe, A History of Women Philosophers. Volume 1, 600 BC-500 AD, page 12. Springer