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if in the second century he was depicted with a GLOBE on his shoulders, why did 15th century Europeans believe the world was flat?
According to Russell, [Jefferey Burton Russell author of Inventing the Flat Earth] the common misconception that people before the age of exploration believed that Earth was flat entered the popular imagination after Washington Irving's publication of A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus in 1828. Although some of the arguments attributed by Irving to Columbus's opponents had been recorded not long after the latter's death, there is no record of their having argued that the Earth was flat, and none before Irving is known to have accused them of doing so. Modern historians have dismissed the claim that they did so as a fabrication of Irving's.
Originally posted by Christarella
Ok, I have a question regarding Atlas. According to Wikipedia the Farnese Atlas is a second century Roman marble COPY of a Hellenistic sculpture of Atlas kneeling with a globe on his shoulders. It is, I believe the oldest known statue of him. So my question is, if in the second century he was depicted with a GLOBE on his shoulders, why did 15th century Europeans believe the world was flat?
Originally posted by Christarella And if they really all believed that the world was flat, then how is it that the people of the Hellenistic period (300 BC -ish) know the world was globe shaped? Has anyone else wondered about this? It just struck me a few weeks ago and though I did a small search I did not look into it in depth. I'll do that now, but would love to hear anyone else's ideas on it.