This name derives from the Ancient Greek “Eratosthénēs (Ἐρᾰτοσθένης),” composed of two elements: “eráō (ἐρᾰìω) Eratṓ (Ἐρατώ)” (beloved, passionate) plus “sthénos (σθένος)” (strength, might, power). In turn, the name means “lover of power.” Eratosthenes (~276–195/194 BC) was a Greek polymath: a mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist. He was a man of learning, becoming the chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria. His work is comparable to what is now known as the study of geography, and he introduced some of the terminology still used today.
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