In what follows Mirandola quotes a number of the rules of the Pythagorean school of philosophy; and his interpretation of them is, if possible, even more fanciful than his re-working of the Old Testament. Classicists have long accepted that these rules are exactly what they seem to be, i.e., superstitious taboos. They became ``symbolic'' only with the neo-Pythagoreans and the neo-Platonists of late antiquity, who lived some seven or eight hundred years after the original Pythagoreans, and were generally not the brightest thinkers to ever put pen to papyrus.