Changing Classical Arithmetic Text

The ancient masters of the Quadrivium:  Pythagoras, Euclid, Nicomachus, Ptolemy, Aristoxenos, Iamblichus.
The ancient masters of the Quadrivium: Pythagoras, Euclid, Nicomachus, Ptolemy, Aristoxenos, Iamblichus.

The Classical Arithmetic course in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy has used Thomas Taylor’s Theoretic Arithmetic[efn_note]Taylor, Thomas. Theoretic Arithmetic (1818). https://classicalliberalarts.com/resources/Theoretic_arithmetic.pdf[/efn_note] through the years. Like most core courses in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, very few students are working in this course and, knowing that this will not affect many students, I am going to change the text. I am not doing this because I think it will draw more students into the course, but because I have a better text that I’d prefer to use in our Quadrivium studies.

I will be using an English translation of Nicomachus’ Introduction to Arithmetic [efn_note]Nicomachus, Introduction to Arithmetic, translated by D’ooge, M.L. (1926) https://classicalliberalarts.com/resources/nicomachus-intro-to-arithmetic.pdf[/efn_note]. I’d prefer to use this text because Thomas Taylor’s work is secondary source that summarizes ancient teaching on the art, whereas Nicomachus’ texts is a primary source on classical Arithmetic and because the study of it will prepare students to read Boethius’ De Arithmetica [efn_note]Boethius, De Arithmetica. https://bit.ly/boethius-arithmetica[/efn_note].

Nicomachus was a Pythagorean philosopher who lived from 60-120 AD.

God bless your studies,
William C. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy

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