The aim of this project is to present the surviving fragments of Eratosthenes of Cyrene in an accessible and searchable format, with a critical Greek text of the fragments, an English translation and a detailed commentary.
Eratosthenes was one of the best known scientists of antiquity. He studied in Athens before moving in the mid-third century BC to Alexandria, the cultural centre of the Hellenistic world, where he spent the rest of his long life working and studying in the library.
The variety of his interests is unmatched: he worked on astronomy and mathematics, on geography, philosophy, chronology, history, philology and grammar, as well as being a celebrated poet.
There are hundreds of fragments of Eratosthenes.
The database will be regularly updated and new entries will be added on a monthly basis.
We are currently entering fragments on philological and linguistic topics, while fragments concerning other fields of Eratosthenes’ activity will follow.
Copyright and Citations
To cite an entry in the footnotes, please use the following format:
author of the entry,
“title of the entry”,
(accessed on day, month, year)
M. Broggiato, “Axones and kyrbeis”, Eratosthenica, www.eratosthenica.it (accessed on 28 May 2021)