# The Ancient Greeks

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## Aristotle's Round Earth Proofs

There are three proofs Aristotle gave for the supposed rotundity of the earth. They are:

- Ships appear to sink as they recede past the horizon
- the shadow on the moon during a Lunar Eclipse is round
- The southern constellations of the night sky appear to rise as you travel southwards

## Eratosthenes Shadow Experiment

Eratosthenes is famed for his shadow experiment where he determined the circumference of the Round Earth. However, this experiment assumes that the earth is a globe and that the sun is far away. The experiment can also be interpreted under a Flat Earth model as well. See:

Erathostenes on Diameter

Distance to the Sun

## Continuous Universe

The Ancient Greeks believed in a Continuous Universe. This Ancient Greek concept of a perfect universe assumes the following:

- That perfect circles can exist
- That one could zoom into a circle forever and see a curve
- That any length of space can be divided into infinitely smaller parts
- That the space can be infinitely long
- Time can likewise be infinitely divided, or infinitely long
- The Perspective Lines receded infinitely and continuously into the distance