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Author Jaeger, Mary, 1960-

Title Archimedes and the Roman imagination / Mary Jaeger

Publ Info Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2008]
2008
LOCATION CALL # STATUS NOTE
 RWU Main Library  QA29.A7 J34 2008    AVAILABLE
Descript ix, 230 pages ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-223) and index
Contents The "Eureka" story -- Cicero at Archimedes' tomb -- Why two spheres? -- The afterlife of the spheres from the De republica -- A sketch of events at Syracuse -- Who killed Archimedes? -- The defense of Syracuse -- Claudian on Archimedes -- Petrarch's Archimedes -- Conclusion -- Notes
Note "The great mathematician Archimedes, a Sicilian Greek whose machines defended Syracuse against the Romans during the Second Punic War, was killed by a Roman after the city fell, yet it is largely Roman sources, and Greek texts aimed at Roman audiences, that preserve the stories about him. Archimedes' story, Mary Jaeger argues, thus becomes a locus where writers explore the intersection of Greek and Roman culture, and as such it plays an important role in Roman self-definition. Jaeger uses the biography of Archimedes as a hermeneutic tool, providing insight into the construction of the traditional historical narrative about the Roman conquest of the Greek world and the Greek cultural invasion of Rome." "By breaking down the narrative of Archimedes' life and examining how the various anecdotes that comprise it are embedded in their contexts, the book offers fresh readings of passages from both well-known and less-studied authors, including Polybius, Cicero, Livy, Vitruvius, Plutarch, Silius Italicus, Valerius Maximus, Johannes Tzetzes, and Petrarch."--Jacket
LC subject Archimedes
Mathematicians -- Greece -- Biography
Mathematics, Ancient
Link Online version: Jaeger, Mary, 1960- Archimedes and the Roman imagination. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2008 (OCoLC)607837130
Online version: Jaeger, Mary, 1960- Archimedes and the Roman imagination. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2008 (OCoLC)608075367
ISBN 9780472116300 (cloth : alk. paper)
0472116304 (cloth : alk. paper)