Eratosthenes (276-195 bc)

A descendant of Adam
The Beta of Greek science
The Alpha of chronology
Of longitude, of latitude
And musical scales . . .
He gave us much to ponder
This librarian, geographer,
Mathematician, philosopher,
Literary critic, grammarian
And poet.
A trip-wire set to help us
Stumble into true thinking
Escaping myth and fairytales
All this from Eratosthenes’
Deep well.

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