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EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHY IV

HIPPASUS [18 DK]

P Origin (P1)

P1 Iambl. VP

a (< 18.2) 81

τὸν δὲ Ἵππασον οἳ μὲν Κροτωνιάτην φασίν, οἳ δὲ Μεταποντῖνον.

b (18.2, 58A.) 267

Συβαρῖται [. . .] Ἵππασος [. . .].

A Controversial Figure (P2–P3)

P2 (< 18.4) Iambl. Comm. 25 (p. 77.18–23 Festa)

περὶ δ’ Ἱππάσου λέγουσιν ὡς ἦν μὲν τῶν Πυθαγορείων, διὰ δὲ τὸ ἐξενεγκεῖν καὶ γράψασθαι πρῶτος σφαῖραν τὴν ἐκ τῶν δώδεκα πενταγώνων1 ἀπώλετο

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HIPPASUS

HIPPASUS

P Origin (P1)

P1 Iamblichus, Life of Pythagoras

a (< 18.2)

[. . .] Some say that Hippasus was from Croton, others from Metapontum.

b (18.2, 58A.)

From Sybaris [. . .] Hippasus [. . .] [cf. PYTH. b T30[6]].

A Controversial Figure (P2–P3)

P2 (< 18.4) Iamblichus, On General Mathematical Science

Regarding Hippasus in particular, [scil. the Pythagoreans called the ‘knowers’ (mathêmatikoi)] say that he was one of the Pythagoreans, but that, because he had for the first time revealed how to draw a sphere starting from twelve pentagons [i.e. the dodecahedron], he perished at sea because

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.hippasus-person.2016