Archytas of Tarentum

Archytas of Tarentum

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Archytas of Tarentum is one of the three most important philosophers in the Pythagorean tradition, a prominent mathematician, who gave the first solution to the famous problem of doubling the cube, an important music theorist, and the leader of a powerful Greek city-state. He is famous for sending a trireme to rescue Plato from the clutches of the tyrant of Syracuse, Dionysius II, in 361 BC. This 2005 study was the first extensive enquiry into Archytas' work in any language. It contains original texts, English translations and a commentary for all the fragments of his writings and for all testimonia concerning his life and work. In addition there are introductory essays on Archytas' life and writings, his philosophy, and the question of authenticity. Carl A. Huffman presents an interpretation of Archytas' significance both for the Pythagorean tradition and also for fourth-century Greek thought, including the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle.It would be awkward to have Archytas address himself in the first line of the poem and in line 14, but it is impossible ... He cites parallels for epitaphs incorporated into other Latin poetry of the golden age (1984: 94), but all these examples are much shorter than the supposed epitaph in ... Moreover, it remains true that by far the most common use of quoque is as the copulative adverb aquot;too, aquot; so that it is veryanbsp;...

Title:Archytas of Tarentum
Author:Carl Huffman
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2005-05-23


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