Archytas

[Revised entry by Carl Huffman on August 23, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Archytas of Tarentum was a Greek mathematician, political leader and philosopher, active in the first half
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[Revised entry by Carl Huffman on August 23, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Archytas of Tarentum was a Greek mathematician, political leader and philosopher, active in the first half of the fourth century BC (i.e., during Plato's lifetime). He was the last prominent figure in the early Pythagorean tradition and the dominant political figure in Tarentum, being elected general seven consecutive times. He sent a ship to rescue Plato from the clutches of the tyrant of Syracuse, Dionysius II, in 361, but his personal and philosophical connections to Plato are complex, and there are many signs of disagreement between...

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