Attalus of Rhodes

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Attalus of Rhodes (Greek: Άτταλος ο Ρόδιος) 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.123 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.13

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


  1. ^ a b c Kidd, Douglas (1997), Aratus: Phaenomena, Cambridge University Press, p. 18, ISBN 9780521582308 .
  2. ^ a b Gutzwiller, Kathryn (2008), A Guide to Hellenistic Literature, John Wiley & Sons, p. 97, ISBN 9780470766088 .
  3. ^ a b c 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 .
  4. ^ Fried, Michael N. (2001), Apollonius of Perga's Conica: Text, Context, Subtext, Mnemosyne, Bibliotheca Classica Batava 222, BRILL, p. 416, ISBN 9789004119772 .

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