Mathematics in 'The Greek Anthology'


‘The Greek Anthology’ is a large collection of very short pieces of writing from ancient Greece, which were compiled over several centuries. A translation in English is available in 16 books spread over 5 volumes. The writings in this anthology include inscriptions copied from buildings, poems, and epigrams. However, book 14 is quite different from the other books. Sprinkled throughout book 14 are 45 elementary mathematical problems. Now Pythagoras, Euclid and Archimedes are household names in the history of mathematics in ancient Greece. However, ‘The Greek Anthology’ is not so well-known in mathematical circles. The purpose of this presentation is to describe these ancient problems. Perhaps they can be used to enrich mathematics in the classroom, or to make innovative connections with subjects such as classical studies or ancient history.

Terence Mills

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
B-5 06/12/2018 11:00 am 12:00 pm La Trobe University
G-5 07/12/2018 11:00 am 12:00 pm La Trobe University


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