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Abrotelia (fl. 5th century BC) was a female Pythagorean philosopher. She was one of seventeen women[1][2] included in Life of Pythagoras (De Vita Pythagorica), written by Iamblichus. Abrotelia's father was Abroteles of Tarentum and she is thought to have been born in Tarentum.[3][4] Iamblichus cited Abrotelia as one of the illustrious female Phytagorean philosophers, although her name was among the nine who were listed with names of their husbands or male family members.[5] Some scholars such as Ethel Kersey identified Abrotelia as one of those who wrote or taught in traditional philosophical fields such as metaphysics, logic, and aesthetics, among others.[6] She is also listed in Gilles Ménage's Historia Mulierum Philosopharum, which showed the Phytagorean school as the sect with the most number of female philosophers, with its adherents greater than the Platonic sect.[7]


  1. ^ Huizenga, Annette (2013). Moral Education for Women in the Pastoral and Pythagorean Letters: Philosophers of the Household. Leiden: BRILL. p. 9. ISBN 9789004244993.
  2. ^ Taylor, Joan (2003). Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria: Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 178. ISBN 0199259615.
  3. ^ Ogilvie, Marilyn; Harvey, Joy, eds. (2000). "Abrotelia (fl. 5th century B.C.E.)". Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science: Pioneering Lives From Ancient Times to the Mid-20th Century. New York: Routledge. p. 10. ISBN 0-415-92040-X.
  4. ^ Wichmann, Christian August (1772). "Abrotelia". Geschichte berühmter Frauenzimmer: Nach alphabetischer Ordnung aus alten und neuen in- und ausländischen Geschicht-Sammlungen und Wörterbüchern zusammen getragen, Volume 1. Böhm. p. 12.
  5. ^ Barnes, Nathan (2014). Reading 1 Corinthians with Philosophically Educated Women. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications. p. 89. ISBN 9781620325728.
  6. ^ Bynagle, Hans Edward (2006). Philosophy: A Guide to the Reference Literature. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. p. 104. ISBN 1563089548.
  7. ^ Santinello, Giovanni; Piaia, Gregorio (2010). Models of the History of Philosophy: Volume II: From Cartesian Age to Brucker. Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media. p. 75. ISBN 9789048195060.

Further reading[edit]

  • Kersey, Ethel M. (1989). Women Philosophers: A bio-critical source book (1st ed.). New York: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0-313-25720-9.