“Noli turbare circulos meos!
” (or Ancient Greek
: “Μη μου τους κύκλους τάρατε!
” (Me mou tous kýklous táratte!)) is a Latin
phrase. It means “Do not disturb my circles!
According to legend, the phrase refers on the Ancient Greek
mathematician and astronomer Archimedes
. When the Romans had conquered the city Syracuse
in 212 BC, the Roman general Marcus Claudius Marcellus
ordered to reprieve Archimedes. Some soldiers entered the house of Archimedes and one of the soldiers asked Archimedes who he was. But, according to Valerius Maximus
(Facta et dicta memorabilia
), Archimedes just answered “Noli, obsecro, istum disturbare
” (I ask you not to disturb that [sand]
), because Archimedes was so engrossed in the circles drawn on the sand in front of him. After that one of the soldiers killed Archimedes, despite the order of Marcus Claudius Marcellus.