Eutocius’ Text of Eratosthenes: A Thesis of U. von Wilamowitz

  • Wilbur Richard Knorr


The document that Eutocius reproduces as a transcript of a scientific communication by Eratosthenes to his patron King Ptolemy is of greater literary than technical interest. On the geometric principle of the construction and its mechanical realization, Eutocius’ text supplements only in subtle details the shorter account preserved by Pappus. But if authentic, it would be the most substantial fragment that survives of Eratosthenes’ writing.


Geometric Problem Geometric Proof Ancient Text Paired Phrase Late Antiquity 
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© Birkhäuser Boston 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilbur Richard Knorr
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  1. 1.Program in the History of ScienceStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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