Anthemius
# Anthemius of Tralles

### Born: about 474
in (possibly) Tralles (near Aydin in southwest Turkey)

Died: about 534

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**Anthemius** was a mathematician and architect. He described the construction of an ellipse with a string fixed at the two foci. His famous book On Burning Mirrors describes the focal properties of a parabola. He compiled a survey of remarkable mirror configurations.
As an architect he is best known for the Hagia Sophia at Constantinople.

**References (2 books/articles)**

JOC/EFR December 1996