Attalus of Rhodes

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Attalus of Rhodes (Greek: Ἄτταλος ὁ Ῥόδιος) was an ancient Greek grammarian, astronomer, and mathematician, who lived in Rhodes in the 2nd century BC, and was a contemporary of Hipparchus.[1] He wrote a commentary on the Phaenomena of Aratus.[1][2][3] Although this work is lost,[2] Hipparchus cites him in his Commentary on the Phaenomena of Eudoxus and Aratus.[3] Attalus sought to defend both Aratus and Eudoxus against criticisms from contemporary astronomers and mathematicians.[1][3]

Book IV of Apollonius of Perga's Conics is addressed to someone named Attalus, and it has been suggested that this may have been Attalus of Rhodes. However, this is not a good match chronologically, and Attalus was a common name at the time, so the connection is only speculative.[4]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Gutzwiller, Kathryn (2008), A Guide to Hellenistic Literature, John Wiley & Sons, p. 97, ISBN 9780470766088<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Dickey, Eleanor (2007), Ancient Greek Scholarship: A Guide to Finding, Reading, and Understanding Scholia, Commentaries, Lexica, and Grammatical Treatises : From Their Beginnings to the Byzantine Period, Oxford University Press, pp. 56–57, ISBN 9780198042662<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  4. Fried, Michael N. (2001), Apollonius of Perga's Conica: Text, Context, Subtext, Mnemosyne, Bibliotheca Classica Batava, 222, BRILL, p. 416, ISBN 9789004119772<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.