I'm not sure what else Pythagoras did other than geometry and the like.Damn. I need to go back to my other high school course topics and maybe I can find a TV show concept from them.
Maybe I can do something like Pathagoras Ponders. Or something.
I'd go with Archimedes.
Pitch it to HBO or Showtime so you can ensure good violence, and good sex. Make the pilot a 2 hour recounting of his actual life, up until his death. Show how closely tied in he was with the royalty of his city (some place in Sicily), how he solved issues for the King, strengthened his city's defenses, and created Greek fire.
Show how, supposedly, a Roman soldier came upon him while he was trying to solve a problem and killed him despite explicit orders not to do so.
Then ask what might have happened if the soldier had not slain him.
Archimedes gets captured and taken to Rome where it's leaders are happy to host him and encourage him to keep developing weapons and better engineering in order to strengthen Rome.
However Archimedes is angry. His beloved city has been sacked by the Romans (and everyone knows what those sons of dogs do to a city they've just sacked), he has been captured and spirited away, his family is slain, and now he's a pawn in Roman politics.
What would have happened once he had a plan in place to show his revenge upon his Roman captors? How he would have to move through Roman society in order to gain power and prestige? What sort of deals would he have to engage in in order to prevent him being executed for crimes against Rome?
Call it Archimedes' Lever