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Discussion 5 to Meditation 13
Ancient Greek Knowledge

by JT

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On reflection and after considerably more reading, I was a little hasty to dismiss Peter's comments in my previous post.

Probably a good proportion of educated Greeks, particularly Athenians, recognized in ancient times that the Earth is a sphere, but I would still quibble about whether or not a majority of all Greeks believed this.

Of course, we have the same misunderstanding about the people of Columbus's day; many scholars considered the Earth a sphere. His difficulties in getting funding for the voyage were due, in part, to the distance (thus sailing time and cost of provisions) calculated to get to the Indies; a calculation based on a reasonably accurate estimate of the circumference of the Earth..

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