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Attalus of Rhodes (Greek : Ἄτταλος ὁ Ῥόδιος) was an ancient Greek grammarian, astronomer, and mathematician, who lived in Rhodes in the 2nd century BC, and was a contemporary of Hipparchus. [1] He wrote a commentary on the Phaenomena of Aratus. [1] [2] [3] Although this work is lost, [2] Hipparchus cites him in his Commentary on the Phaenomena of Eudoxus and Aratus. [3] Attalus sought to defend both Aratus and Eudoxus against criticisms from contemporary astronomers and mathematicians. [1] [3]

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