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  • Greek Mathematical Works, Volume I: Thales to Euclid
  • Physics, Volume I
  • Enquiry into Plants, Volume I: Books 1–5
  • Astronomica
  • On Animals, Volume I

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Date - 13 October 2023

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  • Greek Mathematical Works, Volume I: Thales to Euclid

    Greek Mathematical Works, Volume I: Thales to Euclid

    Ivor Thomas

    Elemental learning.

    The splendid achievement of Greek mathematics is here illustrated in two volumes of selected mathematical works. Volume I (LCL 335) contains the divisions of mathematics; mathematics in Greek education; calculation; arithmetical notation and operations, including square root and cube root; Pythagorean arithmetic, including properties of numbers; the square root of 2; pro...

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  • Physics, Volume I

    Physics, Volume I

    Books 1–4

    Aristotle, P. H. Wicksteed, F. M. Cornford

    Natural causes.

    Aristotle, great Greek philosopher, researcher, reasoner, and writer, born at Stagirus in 384 BC, was the son of a physician. He studied under Plato at Athens and taught there (367–347); subsequently he spent three years at the court of a former pupil in Asia Minor. After some time at Mitylene, in 343–342 he was appointed by King Philip of Macedon to be tutor of his te...

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  • Enquiry into Plants, Volume I: Books 1–5

    Enquiry into Plants, Volume I: Books 1–5

    Theophrastus, Arthur F. Hort

    The first fruits of Greek botany.

    Theophrastus of Eresus in Lesbos, born about 370 BC, is the author of the most important botanical works that have survived from classical antiquity. He was in turn student, collaborator, and successor of Aristotle. Like his predecessor he was interested in all aspects of human knowledge and experience, especially natural science. His writings on plants for...

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  • Astronomica

    Astronomica

    Manilius, G. P. Goold

    Poetry of the sky and stars.

    Marcus Manilius, who lived in the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius, is the author of the earliest treatise on astrology we possess. His Astronomica, a Latin didactic poem in five books, begins with an account of celestial phenomena, and then proceeds to treat of the signs of the zodiac and the twelve temples; there follow instructions for calculating the horoscop...

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  • On Animals, Volume I

    On Animals, Volume I

    Books 1–5

    Aelian, A. F. Scholfield

    Occasionally zany zoological lore.

    Aelian (Claudius Aelianus), a Roman born ca. AD 170 at Praeneste, was a pupil of the rhetorician Pausanias of Caesarea, and taught and practiced rhetoric. Expert in Attic Greek, he became a serious scholar and studied history under the patronage of the Roman empress Julia Domna. He apparently spent all his life in Italy where he died after AD 230.

    A...

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