Autolycus(redirected from Autólykos)
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Autolycus(ôtŏl`ĭkəs), fl. 4th cent. B.C., astronomer and mathematician of Pitane in Aeolis. Of his two extant works, that on the revolving sphere is said to be the oldest completely preserved Greek treatise on a mathematical subject. The other deals with the apparent rising and setting of the fixed stars.
Autolycus,in Greek mythology, the son of Hermes, from whom he received special powers in thieving and trickery. According to one legend Autolycus stole from Sisyphus, who revenged himself by seducing Autolycus' daughter Anticlea, who was Odysseus' mother.
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craftiest of thieves; stole neighbors’ flocks by changing marks. [Gk. Myth.: NCE, 192]
master robber. [Gk. Myth.: Leach, 96]
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