NEOPYTHAGOREANISM, a Graeco-Alexandrian school of philosophy, which became prominent in the ist century A.D.
Neopythagoreanism was the first product of an age in which abstract philosophy had begun to pall.
Neopythagoreanism was an attempt to introduce a religious element into pagan philosophy in place of what had come to be regarded as an arid formalism.
Thus Neopythagoreanism is a link in the chain between the old and the new in pagan philosophy.
Lastly Neopythagoreanism furnished Neoplatonism with the weapons with which pagan philosophy made its last stand against Christianity.