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Who was the first person to get a more accurate measure of the earth's circumference than Eratosthenes?

The accuracy of Eratosthenes's calculations of the circumference being 252,000 stadia depends on assumptions about the modern equivalent of length of the stadion. The same issue applies to Posidonius'...
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Who was the first person to get a more accurate measure of the earth's circumference than Eratosthenes?

Wikipedia articles on the "History of Geodesy", "Earth's circumference", and so on give a thorough summary of potential candidates, but suggest that this question isn't going to be ...
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Where was the theater in Byzantium?

The book Roman Theatres: An Architectural Study, By Frank Sear on page 421 seems to mention no fewer than four theatres that were known to exist in Byzantium. BYZANTIUM/CONSTANTINOPLE (Istanbul, ...
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How did Alexander the Great die?

The mystery has not been solved and will probably remain open for the foreseeable future. As the Wikipedia article explains, there is a long list of theories but no decisive evidence to clearly ...
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