Person: Anthemius Of Tralles
Anthemius was the Byzantine architect who replaced the old church of Hagia Sophia at Constantinople. He described the construction of an ellipse with a string fixed at the two foci and he described the focal properties of the parabola.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Anthemius is known both as a mathematician and an architect.
- There are a number of stories told of Anthemius which may be totally fictitious but, as is often the case with such stories, they may give an indication of his character.
Born about 474, (possibly) Tralles (near Aydin in southwest Turkey). Died about 534.
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Ancient Greek, Architecture, Origin Turkey
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive