22 February 2008

The Master of Those Who Discover

Something of a pleasant distraction for today: a stamp commemorating the authority of Aristotle, for Columbus.

From the website non-contradiction.com.

Aristotle's Greek is a bit different from the Latin (which is actually a paraphrase quotation of Roger Bacon from his Opus Maius, c. 1268):

Διὸ τοὺς ὑπολαμβάνοντας συνάπτειν τὸν περὶ τὰς Ἡρακλείας στήλας τόπον τῷ περὶ τὴν Ἰνδικήν, καὶτοῦτον τὸν τρόπον εἶναι τὴν θάλατταν μίαν, μὴ λίαν ὑπολαμβάνειν ἄπιστα δοκεῖν (De Caelo, 298a9-12).
And the sentence almost immediately preceding that selection seems not unimportant, the conclusion of a series of arguments for why the earth is spherical:
Ὥστ' οὐ μόνον ἐκ τούτων δῆλον περιφερὲς ὂν τὸ σχῆμα τῆς γῆς, ἀλλὰ καὶ σφαίρας οὐ μεγάλης.