Anaxagoras and the Size of the Sun

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2009
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Couprie, Dirk L.
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Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek
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Plutarch and others report that Anaxagoras compared the size of the sun with the Peloponnesus. It is the aim of this paper to show that this was a fair estimate, from his point of view, which is that of a flat earth. More precisely, I will show that, with the instruments and the geometrical knowledge available, Anaxagoras must have been able to use the procedures and perform the calculations needed to reach approximately his result.
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Greek Research, Greece, Australia, Dirk L. Couprie
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Couprie, Dirk L. 2009. Anaxagoras and the Size of the Sun. In E. Close, G. Couvalis, G. Frazis, M. Palaktsoglou, and M. Tsianikas (eds.) "Greek Research in Australia: Proceedings of the Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies, Flinders University June 2007", Flinders University Department of Languages - Modern Greek: Adelaide, 21-30.