Archimedes and the Roman Imagination

Archimedes and the Roman Imagination

By: Mary Jaeger (author)Hardback

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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.

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About Author

Mary Jaeger is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Oregon and author of Livy's Written Rome.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/06/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780472116300
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9780472116300
  • weight: 517
  • ISBN10: 0472116304

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