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Trivia / The Histories

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    • Herodotus describes the world as flat. However, one story he relates is interesting. The Phoenecians claimed to have sailed around the tip of Africa, from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean, and they say the Sun was on their right side while passing the southernmost point. Herodotus dismisses the claim, but this is exactly what actually happens: the Sun is found in the northern sky in the Southern Hemisphere
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    • Whether it was the Egyptians or the Phrygians who were the first humans, and the method by which this was ascertained.
    • The explanation for why Egyptians and Persians would have such differing thicknesses for their skulls. Nowadays, we would know this is because of nutrition, matching accounts of early Persians being relatively impoverished.

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