Noli turbare circulos meos!

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"Nōlī turbāre circulōs meōs!" (Ancient Greek Μή μου τοὺς κύκλους τάραττε! Mḗ mou toùs kúklous táratte!) is a Latin phrase, meaning "Do not disturb my circles!".


According to legend, the phrase was uttered by the ancient Greek mathematician and astronomer Archimedes. When the Romans conquered the city of Syracuse after the siege of 214–212 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 (Do not, I entreat you, 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.