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Hero of Byzantium???[edit]

I don't know much about this subject, so I'm not editing the Ctesibius article, but I believe the reference to 'Hero of Byzantium' is meant be Hero of Alexandria. As far as I can tell, Hero of Byzantium lived six hundred years after Proclus. However, based on the summaries from a google search, Proclus did seem to comment on Hero of Alexandria. GalanM 23:34, 7 Jul 2004 (UTC)

I don't know much about Ctesibius either, but I think you are right (based on a quick read of some classical dictionaries), and have edited it accordingly. (that was Wombat btw)

Pneumatic cannon?[edit]

I've read Ctesibius created a pneumatic catapult, or aerotonon, which used compressed air cylinders. See Dupuy, Evo of Weaps & Warfare, & J F C Fuller on the history of weapons.


A book I've just read (science of discworld 3) and a very few google hits spell his name cestesibus. Any Idea where that comes from?

Yes it's a tpyo. --Wetman 18:36, 3 September 2006 (UTC)[reply]


According to Greek language his name should be transliterated as Ctisivios - This is real greek name. English people never pay attention that latin B and cyrillic B one are not the same.

However, the whole of the non-Greek world pronounces the ancient Greek beta as a B not a V. I think the ancient Greeks also pronounced it as such. Check out beta.Myrvin (talk) 09:46, 20 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]