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dc.contributor.authorLeventhal, Maxen
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-23T11:28:51Z
dc.date.available2017-02-23T11:28:51Z
dc.date.issued2017-04en
dc.identifier.issn0002-9475
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/262736
dc.description.abstractEratosthenes of Cyrene (276–194 b.c.e.), the third head of the Alexandrian Library, sent a letter to King Ptolemy outlining his solution for the geometric problem, the doubling of the cube. Although traditionally the preserve of historians of mathematics, the text quotes from tragedy, recounts mathematical research at Plato's Academy, and concludes with an epigram. Here, I address each generic gesture and its particular audience and aim. This article reads the letter not only as a dynamic unified whole which innovatively integrates mathematics and literature, but as a text which lays out the mechanics of the Ptolemaic empire for its readership.
dc.languageengen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherJohns Hopkins University Press
dc.titleEratosthenes’ Letter to Ptolemy: the Literary Mechanics of Empireen
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage84
prism.issueIdentifier1en
prism.publicationDate2017en
prism.publicationNameAmerican Journal of Philologyen
prism.startingPage43
prism.volume138en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.8025
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-09-04en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1353/ajp.2017.0001en
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-04en
dc.identifier.eissn1086-3168
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
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