"as a young magistrate, he had located in the overgrown municipal cemetery the one-hundred-and-thirty-year-old lost tomb of the mathematician Archimedes"

Cicero Discovers the Tomb of Archimedes, by Martin Knoller
Public DomainCicero Discovers the Tomb of Archimedes, by Martin Knoller - Credit: Wikimedia Commons
 Archimedes was a 3rd century BC Greek mathematician, inventor and astronomer from Syracuse. He was (and still is) considered one of the greatest mathematicians, and the Syracusans were very proud of their association with him. Cicero describes finding his tomb marked by a sphere inscribed within a cylinder; Archimedes had proven that the sphere has two thirds the volume and surface area of its circumscribing cylinder.