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The body, being the instrument of the soul, Pythagoras desired that one should take reasonable and necessary care of it in order to hold it always in condition to execute the
behests of the soul. He regarded its preservation as a part of the purgative virtue. a
195:a Hierocles, Aur. Carm., v. 33.