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Autolycus, (1) in classical mythology, was a son of Hermes or Mercury by Chione, and he inherited the most disagreeable element in his father's character, viz. his propensity for stealing. His daughter Anticlea became the mother of Ulysses. The name became synonymous with thief, and is thus introduced by Shakespeare into The Winter's Tale. (2) A Greek mathematician of the fourth century B.C. whose birthplace was Pitane in Asia. Two of his treatises on The Sphere in Movement, and The Rising and Setting of the Stars, have come down to us in a Latin version.