As a Pythagorean philosopher and mathematician, you might say Myia fell into Pythagoreanism quite naturally. Her father, Pythagoras himself, founded the movement around 530 BC and her mother, Theano, was a devout pupil and follower.
As a girl, Myia led a seeming active life. She led a choir and one might suppose she loved to sing as well. As an adult, she was considered devoutly religious, but a remark by Lucian, a satirist known for his wit and cynicism, does not paint a picture of a quiet young woman. He claimed her history was known to everyone, which of course could mean half a dozen things.
Myia went on to marry a famous athlete, Milo of Croton, a wrestler. It’s said he saved his father-in-law’s life when a pillar collapsed and he held up the roof so Pythagoras could escape to safety. Milo won many victories as a wrestler, including six times as an Olympiad athlete.
|Milo of Croton, marble - Edme Dumont (1722–1775)|
Pythagorean philosophy in general was greatly influenced by mathematics and mysticism. Much of the teaching can be traced to different disciplines and peoples. From the Egyptians came geometry, the Phoenicians - arithmetic, the Chaldeans - astronomy, and the Magians - religion and practical dictates for conducting one’s life.
|Pythagoreans celebrate sunrise - Fyodor Bronnikov|
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myia; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milo_of_Croton; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoreanism