The origin and value of the stadion unit used by Eratosthenes in the third century B.C.

@article{Gulbekian1987TheOA,
  title={The origin and value of the stadion unit used by Eratosthenes in the third century B.C.},
  author={Edward Gulbekian},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  year={1987},
  volume={37},
  pages={359-363}
}
  • E. Gulbekian
  • Published 1 December 1987
  • History
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Eratosthenes was not only an eminent Alexandrian mathematician of the third century B.C., but was ranked in antiquity among the rare group of men who were equally proficient in all fields of knowledge.1»2 One of his works was entitled On the measurement of the Earth which, although now lost, was quoted extensively by Strabo and others.3'4 Interpretation of this geographical data depends on a knowledge of the unit of distance employed by its author. This was the stadion or stadium, a unit… 

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