Archytas of Tarentum: Pythagorean, philosopher and mathematician king

TitleArchytas of Tarentum: Pythagorean, philosopher and mathematician king
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsHuffman, CA
Ancient AuthorsArchytas Phil. (TLG 0620)
Number of Pagesxv + 665 pp.
PublisherCambridge University Press

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. []


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