# 1/Historical Note

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## Historical Note on $1$ (one)

The ancient Greeks did not consider $1$ to be a number.

According to the Pythagoreans, the number One ($1$) was the Generator of all Numbers: the omnipotent One.

It represented reason, for reason could generate only $1$ self-evident body of truth.

While a number, according to Euclid, was an aggregate of units, a unit was not considered to be an aggregate of itself.

The much-quoted statement of Jakob Köbel might as well be repeated here:

Wherefrom thou understandest that $1$ is no number but it is a generatrix beginning and foundation for all other numbers.
-- $1537$

illustrating that this mindset still held sway as late as the $16$th century.

The ancient Greeks considered $1$ as both odd and even by fallacious reasoning.