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Found out, who taught about triangle shapes
And scalenes, aye and a circle in seven lengths,3
And taught full abstinence from tasting flesh
Of living things; but all would not to this
”Call. Iambi 124ff.
2 A name given to Pythagoras because he claimed to be reincarnation of Euphorbus (cp. the preceding paragraph).
3 T. Heath (A History of Greek Mathematics, 1, p. 142) thinks these words "unintelligible . . . unless the 'seven-lengthed circle' can be taken as meaning the 'lengths of seven circles' (in the sense of the seven independent orbits of the sun, moon and planets) or the circle (the zodiac) comprehending them all." Mair discusses the meaning of the passage at considerable length; see also further in Heath and Hunt.
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