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[1] Of Alexandria, mathematician and engineer, 1st cent. AD

(Ἥρων; Hḗrōn).

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A. Life

H. of Alexandria, mathematician and engineer. No details of his life are known. He lived after  Archimedes [1], whom he quotes, and before  Pappus, who quotes him. In the Dioptra, ch. 35, H. describes a method for determining the time difference between Rome and Alexandria by observing the same eclipse of …

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Folkerts, Menso (Munich) and Waldner, Katharina (Berlin), “Hero”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 01 December 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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