Obituary: Marshall Clagett

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Marshall Clagett, who died on October 21 aged 89, was an expert on the science and mathematics of ancient Egypt and Greece and on the way in which the texts of antiquity were interpreted by later scholars.

His first study, Greek Science in Antiquity, published in 1955, set out the broad themes of his academic career, providing an overview of the origins of Greek scientific knowledge in medicine, biology, mathematics, physics and astronomy and its flowering in the Hellenistic period, in which scholars such as Archimedes, Euclid and Apollonius lived and worked. He then explored the way in which Greek scientific ideas were transmitted, interpreted, used and abused by scholars in the Roman and medieval periods.

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