Aristarchus of Samos: On the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and Moon
Greek Text, Translation, Analysis, and Relevant Scholia
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This book offers the Greek text and an English translation of Aristarchus of Samos’ On the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and Moon, accompanied by a full introduction, detailed commentary, and relevant scholia.
Aristarchus of Samos was active in the third century BC. He was one of the first Greek astronomers to apply geometry to the solution of astronomical problems in his only extant text, On the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and Moon. Alongside the Greek text and new English translation, the book offers readers the Latin text and English translation of Commandino’s notes on the text. Readers will also benefit from a comprehensive introductory study explaining the value of Aristarchus’ calculations and methodology throughout history, as well as detailed analyses of each part of the treatise.
This volume is of interest to students and scholars working on ancient science and astronomy and the general reader interested in the history of science.
Table of Contents
1. Preliminary Study; 2. Greek Text and Translation; 3. Analysis of On the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and the Moon; 4. Scholia; Appendix 1: Mathematical Tools; Appendix 2: List of Manuscripts.
Christián C. Carman is Professor and Researcher at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina, and research member of the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET). He works on topics related to philosophy of science as well as history of ancient astronomy.
Rodolfo P. Buzón is Emeritus Professor of Greek Philology at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and research member of the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET). He published several works related to classical philology.