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Headword: *dio/fantos
Adler number: delta,1219
Translated headword: Diophantos, Diophantus
Vetting Status: high
A proper name.
Greek Original:
*dio/fantos: o)/noma ku/rion.
A very common name, so the particular bearer of it who generated this entry is unknown. But the most likely candidate, arguably, is D. of Alexandria, the celebrated hellenistic-period mathematician (OCD(4) p.465; biography at web address 1). His works surviving in Greek are normally cited in page numbers from the Teubner edition by Tannery in 2 volumes (1883, 1885). The important new edition by Roshdi Rashed in progress since 1984 in the Budé series, with facing-page translation in French, is also based on the ancient Arabic translation of his work. (The history of the relationship between Greek and Arabic algebra is the focus of important contemporary work in rewriting the history of mathematics.)
For this Diophantos see under upsilon 166 (Hypatia's commentary on his work). For homonyms see under delta 1491, lambda 486, mu 462, pi 1617.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; definition; geography; mathematics
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 October 2000@05:21:57.
Vetted by:
Robert Dyer (Added list of those mentioned in Suda.) on 13 March 2002@12:48:10.
David Whitehead (added keyword; cosmetics) on 14 March 2002@03:02:48.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 18 September 2002@00:38:58.
Catharine Roth (augmented note) on 9 December 2002@00:37:03.
Catharine Roth (changed keyword) on 29 September 2005@01:54:55.
David Whitehead on 13 July 2012@05:01:35.
David Whitehead (tweaked note) on 18 July 2012@03:09:37.
David Whitehead on 1 August 2014@08:18:22.
Catharine Roth (added a link) on 6 September 2016@15:15:35.


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