Eratosthenes of Cyrene, Mathematical Works

LCL 362: 260-261

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Greek Mathematics

XVIII. Eratosthenes

(a) General

Suidas, s.v. Ἐρατοσθένης

Ἐρατοσθένης, Ἀγλαοῦ, οἱ δὲ Ἀμβροσίου· Κυρηναῖος, μαθητὴς φιλοσόφου Ἀρίστωνος Χίου, γραμματικοῦ δὲ Λυσανίου τοῦ Κυρηναίου καὶ Καλλιμάχου τοῦ ποιητοῦ. μετεπέμφθη δὲ ἐξ Ἀθηνῶν ὑπὸ τοῦ τρίτου Πτολεμαίου καὶ διέτριψε μέχρι τοῦ πέμπτου. διὰ δὲ τὸ δευτερεύειν ἐν παντὶ εἴδει παιδείας τοῖς ἄκροις ἐγγίσαντα1 Βῆτα2 ἐπεκλήθη. οἱ δὲ καὶ δεύτερον ἢ νέον Πλάτωνα, ἄλλοι Πένταθλον ἐκάλεσαν. ἐτέχθη δὲ ρκϛʹ Ὀλυμπιάδι



XVIII. Eratosthenesa

(a) General

Suidas, s.v. Eratosthenes

Eratosthenes, son of Aglaus, others say of Ambrosius; a Cyrenean, a pupil of the philosopher Ariston of Chios, of the grammarian Lysanias of Cyrene and of the poet Callimachusb; he was sent for from Athens by the third Ptolemyc and stayed till the fifth.d Owing to taking second place in all branches of learning, though approaching the highest excellence, he was called Beta. Others called him a Second or New Plato, and yet others Pentathlon. He was born in the 126th Olympiade and died at the age

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.eratosthenes_cyrene-mathematical_works.1941