The great Byzantine scholar and «dean» of the Pandidakterion of Constantinople, Leon, was known in his age as Leon the Philosopher or Mathematician. He was born somewhere in Thessaly around 790 AD. He received his basic education in Andros, where he spent his childhood. He then studied grammar and philosophy in Constantinople. But his great love was science. So he returned to Andros and, under the guidance of a wise teacher – monk, he began his search for rare manuals on math and astronomy.
A chronographer of the age mentions the following about Leon’s thirst for knowledge: «While many admired him for his wisdom and for the way he reached the highest point of all the sciences, it is said that he (Leon) told a friend of his that he learned grammar and poetry while living in Constantinople and rhetoric and (physic) philosophy and the knowledge of numbers he obtained…
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