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« Reply #90 on: October 17, 2008, 08:47:55 pm »

They say that the discovery of astronomy came from the Egyptians.

For because of the perpetual calmness of the air in that region, and because the Egyptian priests,
who desired learning, abounded in leisure and in those things necessary to life, as Aristotle says,
they applied themselves to observing and discovering many things that concern the science of the heavens . . . but after many thousand years, as certain men have recorded, [this knowledge] was carried to Greece, and was studied by many, as can be seen particularly from the poets.

Then followed Pythagoras and Pherecydes, who, being learned in mathematics, added many things
to this discipline.

After this came Erathosthenes, Berosus [Note that Berosus was not Greek, but Babylonian], Hipparchus, and many other men, in whom Greece abounded.

But Plato and [End Page 51] Eudoxus, when they went to Egypt in order to learn, brought many

secrets learned from Egyptian priests back to Greece, both those of other arts, and notably those
of astronomy, as Strabo says.

Thus, little by little, through the passing of time and continual increase, [the knowledge] came
down to the time of Ptolemy, by whom that wonderful, almost divine book of astronomy was
written, so that, in some ways, nothing seems to be able to be added to that science.34 
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