Person: Marinus Of Neapolis
Marinus succeeded Proclus as head of the Academy at Athens. He published some work on astronomy.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- When Proclus wrote a commentary on the Myth of Er, he dedicated it to Marinus.
- Marinus succeeded Proclus as head of the Academy at Athens in 485.
- Marinus was a great believer in mathematics, something which he shared with fellow late Neoplatonists.
- Although Marinus followed closely the views of his teacher, Proclus he did show originality which is much to his credit.
- Yet when Marinus felt that Proclus was in error he was quite prepared to give his own views.
- One concerns the Milky Way and Marinus discusses whether it is affected by precession.
- However this was still not the accepted view in the time of Marinus, who argues against this hypothesis in this commentary.
- Marinus did claim, however, that the Milky Way was part of the sphere of fixed stars and so underwent precession in the same way as the fixed stars.
- Marinus makes use of ideas by Pappus in making his corrections.
Born about 450, Neapolis, Palestine (called Shechem in Bible, now Nablus, Israel). Died about 500, possibly Athens, Greece.
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Ancient Greek, Astronomy, Origin Israel
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive