### Resumé

Originalsprog | Engelsk |
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Titel | Actes du XIIIe Colloque Maghrébin sur l'Histoire des Mathématiques Arabes (COMHISMA13) |

Redaktører | Mahdi Abdeljaouad, Hmida Hedfi |

Antal sider | 14 |

Udgivelses sted | Tunis |

Forlag | COMHISHA |

Publikationsdato | dec. 2018 |

Sider | 157-170 |

ISBN (Trykt) | 978-9938-40-399-2 |

Status | Udgivet - dec. 2018 |

Begivenhed | 13ième colloque maghrébin sur l'histoire des mathématiques arabes - Tunis, Tunesien Varighed: 30 mar. 2018 → 1 apr. 2018 Konferencens nummer: 13 |

### Konference

Konference | 13ième colloque maghrébin sur l'histoire des mathématiques arabes |
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Nummer | 13 |

Land | Tunesien |

By | Tunis |

Periode | 30/03/2018 → 01/04/2018 |

### Bibliografisk note

Officielt udgivet i 2018, men jeg har først modtaget publikationen den 22. februar### Citer dette

*Actes du XIIIe Colloque Maghrébin sur l'Histoire des Mathématiques Arabes (COMHISMA13)*(s. 157-170). Tunis: COMHISHA.

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*Actes du XIIIe Colloque Maghrébin sur l'Histoire des Mathématiques Arabes (COMHISMA13).*COMHISHA, Tunis, s. 157-170, 13ième colloque maghrébin sur l'histoire des mathématiques arabes, Tunis, Tunesien, 30/03/2018.

**The Summit of Ancient Latin Mathematical Competence : Apuleius and Augustine.** / Høyrup, Jens.

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapport › Konferencebidrag i proceedings › Forskning › peer review

TY - GEN

T1 - The Summit of Ancient Latin Mathematical Competence

T2 - Apuleius and Augustine

AU - Høyrup, Jens

N1 - Officielt udgivet i 2018, men jeg har først modtaget publikationen den 22. februar

PY - 2018/12

Y1 - 2018/12

N2 - According to all we know, Latin Antiquity was utterly unfamiliarwith the theoretical aspects of mathematics; Quintilian did not know fingerreckoning from geometry, while Cicero explains that the Romans were notinterested. Authors of handbooks in the liberal arts may know some definitionsfrom the Elements and perhaps some enunciations, but hardly understood what a proof is. Symptomatic is what Latin authors have to tell about Archimedes: thestory about his death and his defense of Syracuse; the anecdote about Hieron'scrown and Archimedes's exposure of the fraud; his mechanical model of theheavenly system; at most they know that he drew figures. There is never a hintthat such figures were connected to geometrical or mechanical proofs, theoremsor theory. But there are two exceptions to this rule, both Berbers (Africani), andboth conscious of being so: Apuleius of Madaura, and Augustine of Hippo (andboth obviously much better known for other things). Even though the Westernpart of Northern Africa acquired the Latin tongue while the Eastern part spokeGreek, some of its intellectuals were drawn to advanced Greek thought in a waythose of the remaining Latin world were not, spellbound as the latter were in thecharms of rhetoric.

AB - According to all we know, Latin Antiquity was utterly unfamiliarwith the theoretical aspects of mathematics; Quintilian did not know fingerreckoning from geometry, while Cicero explains that the Romans were notinterested. Authors of handbooks in the liberal arts may know some definitionsfrom the Elements and perhaps some enunciations, but hardly understood what a proof is. Symptomatic is what Latin authors have to tell about Archimedes: thestory about his death and his defense of Syracuse; the anecdote about Hieron'scrown and Archimedes's exposure of the fraud; his mechanical model of theheavenly system; at most they know that he drew figures. There is never a hintthat such figures were connected to geometrical or mechanical proofs, theoremsor theory. But there are two exceptions to this rule, both Berbers (Africani), andboth conscious of being so: Apuleius of Madaura, and Augustine of Hippo (andboth obviously much better known for other things). Even though the Westernpart of Northern Africa acquired the Latin tongue while the Eastern part spokeGreek, some of its intellectuals were drawn to advanced Greek thought in a waythose of the remaining Latin world were not, spellbound as the latter were in thecharms of rhetoric.

M3 - Article in proceedings

SN - 978-9938-40-399-2

SP - 157

EP - 170

BT - Actes du XIIIe Colloque Maghrébin sur l'Histoire des Mathématiques Arabes (COMHISMA13)

A2 - Abdeljaouad, Mahdi

A2 - Hedfi, Hmida

PB - COMHISHA

CY - Tunis

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