Pappus of Alexandria
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active in the first half of the 4th cent. AD in Alexandria;

Greek mathematician.


Synagògḗ, the most important of his works, is largely extant. Some has been transmitted in Arabic. This collection is of great value for the history of Greek mathematics, because it reports on the results of other works since lost.


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Landfester, Manfred, “Pappus of Alexandria”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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