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Greek Mathematician Proved The Earth Was Round Using A Stick 2,000 Years Ago

For the Flat Earthers, Eratosthenes seems to be so unpopular.

In today’s technology, we can easily find out the real measurement of anything, like the earth. All you have to do now is Google it, and you will have the answers to your questions.

Long before the NASA was sending satellites up into space, the ancient Greeks developed a way to determine the world was spherical over 2000 years ago. In fact, Greek mathematician Eratosthenes (276 BC to 194 BC) had it all figured without using any modern equipment.

Eratosthenes discovered that there was no vertical shadow at noon during the summer solstice at Syene, which is now called Aswan. he believed that the reason behind this is the fact that the Sun was directly overhead.

When he returned to his city of Alexandria, Eratosthenes wanted to know if the same thing will happen to a different place. The mathematician then stuck a stick in the ground to see a shadow will generate by noon or not. That’s when he discovered that there was a seven degrees shadow.

Eratosthenes’ simple and extremely low budget technique confirmed the speculation that the Earth is round. He believed that if the earth is flat, then there shouldn’t be a shadow in Alexandria, just like when he went to Aswan.

With this observation, Eratosthenes could measure the planet’s circumference.

The Greek philosopher Pythagoras theorized the concept of a “spherical Earth” around 500 BC. This finding was then validated a few centuries later by Aristotle.

So without any fancy technology or huge government funding, a man from Ancient Greece discovered the circumference of our planet – and all he required was his brain and a stick.

As for the Flat Earth Society, Eratosthenes must not be so popular among them. They have their own theories as to why they believe the world is flat and not round.

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Actually, Hawaiian Pizza Was Invented By A Greek Businessman – In Canada!

Does pineapple belong to pizza? We have this man to thank (or blame)!

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12 Crucial Archaeology Discoveries Of 2018 That Puzzled Historians

#11 is very interesting.

It’s no secret that the world is full of mysteries. Even though there are people who dedicated their time and effort in learning a lot about the history of this planet, there are still plenty of discoveries being unraveled until today.

In fact, there were amazing archeological discoveries in 2018 that could change what we think of history. Here are 12 crucial findings last year that have left historians puzzled.

1. A 2,400-year-old Greek merchant ship found in the Black Sea.

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Here’s Why One Man Destroyed One Of The Ancient Wonders Of The World

If you think you’re petty, you’ve obviously never heard about Herostratus.

Most of us can be petty at times but one man took it to a whole new level. He destroyed one of the Ancient Wonders of the World just so everyone will remember his name. Interestingly, not a lot of people have actually heard of him.

The Temple of Artemis was a Greek temple located in Ephesus dedicated to the goddess of the hunt and chastity. It was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World alongside the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Colossus of Rhodes. Although it was rebuilt three times during its existence, it was the shocking actions of one man that enraged ancient worshippers.

The temple's first incarnation was destroyed by a flood but it was the second destruction that enraged the Ephesians.

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