Ancient Views of Earth Flat or Round?
The Atlas Farnese
In 1575, this marble figure of Atlas holding a celestial globe was found in Rome. It is called the Atlas Farnese, as Farnese was the name of the collection it entered. It was created by sculptor Crates. The exact date of the sculpture is not known. However, scholars assume that it was made sometime after 150 A.D. because of the representation of the vernal equinox on the globe, which is similar to that in Ptolemy’s Almagest. To give you an idea of the size, the sphere has a diameter of about 251/2 inches.
THE STORY OF ERATOSTHENES AND THE EARTH’S CIRCUMFERENCE