# Example of a very simple math statement in old literature which is (verbatim) a pain to understand

As you know, before symbolic notations were introduced and adopted by the mathematical community, even simple statements were written in a very complicated manner because the writer had (nearly) only words to describe an equation or a result.

What is an example of a very simple math statement in old literature which is, verbatim, a pain to understand?

Or in modern notation: $a(x + y) = ax + ay$.