aleator classicus

Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Anonymous, Greek Anthology 14.6

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Book 14 of the Greek Anthology comprises epigrams that are puzzles of various sorts. Here’s a mathematical one. Answers on a postcard please!

“ὡρονόμων ὄχ’ ἄριστε, πόσον παρελήλυθεν ἠοῦς;”
“ὅσσον ἀποιχομένοιο δύο τρίτα, δὶς τόσα λείπει.”

‘Best by far of sundials, how much of the day has gone by?’ ‘Two thirds of what has passed – twice that much is left.’

Written by aleatorclassicus

April 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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