Pythagoras was well educated, learning to read and play the lyre. It is said that while in Tyre, he studied with the Chaldaeans and the learned men of Syria. At home, he was influenced by his teacher, the philosopher, Pherekydes. Another apocryphal tale ha him visiting Miletus in his late teenage years to study with Thales. By this time, thales was a very old man, who probably did not teah Pythagoras a lot, but may have greatly influenced him. Thales's student, Anaximander was giving lectures on Miletus and quite possibly, Pythagoras attended these lectures. Anaximander had great interest in geometry and cosmology, subjects which would strongly influence Pythagoras's own views.