By Mary Jaeger
The good mathematician Archimedes, a Sicilian Greek whose machines defended Syracuse opposed to the Romans throughout the moment Punic warfare, used to be killed by way of a Roman after the town fell, but it truly is principally Roman resources, and Greek texts geared toward Roman audiences, that safeguard the tales approximately him. Archimedes' tale, Mary Jaeger argues, hence turns into a locus the place writers discover the intersection of Greek and Roman tradition, and as such it performs an immense position in Roman self-definition. Jaeger makes use of the biography of Archimedes as a hermeneutic software, supplying perception into the development of the conventional old narrative concerning the Roman conquest of the Greek international and the Greek cultural invasion of Rome.By breaking down the narrative of Archimedes' lifestyles and analyzing how a number of the anecdotes that contain it are embedded of their contexts, the ebook deals clean readings of passages from either famous and less-studied authors, together with Polybius, Cicero, Livy, Vitruvius, Plutarch, Silius Italicus, Valerius Maximus, Johannes Tzetzes, and Petrarch."Jaeger, in her meticulous and stylish examine of alternative old debts of his existence and inventions...reveal extra approximately how the Romans considered their conquest of the Greek global than approximately 'science'."---Helen King, occasions Literary Supplement"An completely very good e-book on a really unique and significant subject. As Jaeger explores overlooked texts that jointly inform a huge tale in regards to the Romans' perspectives of empire and their dating to Greek cultural accomplishments, so she has written an enormous new bankruptcy within the heritage of technological know-how. a real excitement to learn, from first web page to last."---Andrew Feldherr, affiliate Professor of Classics, Princeton University"This elegantly written and convincingly argued venture analyzes Archimedes as a motor vehicle for reception of the Classics, as a determine for loss and restoration of cultural reminiscence, and as a metaphorical illustration of the improvement of Roman identification. Jaeger's fastening at the nonetheless really imprecise determine of the best historic mathematician as a fashion of figuring out cultural liminality within the historical global is little short of a stroke of genius."---Christina S. Kraus, Professor and Chair of Classics, Yale University"Archimedes and the Roman mind's eye varieties an invaluable addition to our knowing of Roman tradition in addition to of the reception of technological know-how in antiquity. it'll make a real contribution to the self-discipline, not just by way of its unique interpretative claims but additionally as a desirable instance of ways we may possibly keep on with the cultural reception of historic figures."---Reviel Netz, Professor of Classics, Stanford UniversityCover artwork: Benjamin West. Cicero learning the Tomb of Archimedes. Yale college artwork Gallery. John Hill Morgan, B.A. 1893, LL.B. 1898, M.A. (Hon.) 1929, Fund.
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This disc overy is cause for jo y only in the e yes of a person who places a higher value on knowledge than on wealth. Seen from this perspective, our low-born character appears to have discovered something more valuable than the stolen gold, something even King Hieron himself could not discover, a ratio—not just a “method,” but one of the ruling principles that tie the universe together. E. , Pindar Pythian 10). ”55 Gold is a symbol of aristocratic community and aristocratic exchange. 56 Although Hellenistic Syracuse and Augustan Rome are far from the world of archaic Greece, Vitruvius invokes this world by referring to the r ewards g iven athlet es at the games; moreover, Archimedes’ status and relationship to Hieron, the nature of Hieron’s rule, Vitruvius’s anxiety about status and pay, and the fact that he is addressing his ruler, Augustus, all suggest that it is worthwhile to map Archimedes’ story onto the conceptual system laid out by Kurke.
Indeed, it har dly serves that purpose, at least not explicitly, nor does it evoke the reader’s assent in the same way as do the references to Laelius’s good character and Catulus’s better death. C icero mig ht ha ve inser ted an anec dote ill ustrating Archimedes’ happy lifelong pr eoccupation with mathematics, the very idea that he tak es as given in his rhetorical question “Who is there who has anything to do with Cicero at Archimedes’ Tomb 37 the Muses . . 50. In fact, Cicero’s declaration that he w ill rouse Archimedes from his drawing board and pencil mig ht well make a Roman audience recall the other famous instanc e of a R oman’s distur bing the mathematician at his work: during the sac k of Syracuse, in the middle of the Second Punic War, Archimedes, as the story went, was so intent on studying his geometrical fig ures that he ordered a Roman soldier to leave them alone and was killed for it.
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Archimedes and the Roman Imagination by Mary Jaeger