A Quote by Gaius Plinius Secondus Pliny, the Elder on appearance, belief, direction, doubt, earth, impossibility, mankind, and world

The ancients had little doubt about the true shape of the earth: "It's [the world's] shape has the rounded appearance of a perfect sphere. This is shown first of all by the name of 'orb' which is bestowed upon it by the general consent of mankind. ...Our eyesight also confirms this belief, because the firmament presents the aspect of a concave hemisphere equidistant in every direction, which would be impossible in the case of any other figure."

Pliny, the Elder (23 - 79 AD)

Source: Natural History, 77 A.D.

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