But is it possible they believed it? Sure, it’s possible.

Fair enough, but outside of a few literary mentions, it still strikes me as conjecture that art with the earth as a flat disc or suspended by elephants means that’s literally their belief.

Allegory and metaphor and poetic license were as common then as well as now. I could be wrong but I personally believe the interpretation of the discworlds as meaning “ancients thought the world was flat” [rather than, let’s say, MAPS? My paper map or computer doesn’t prove that I believe the earth to be flat by it. I believe the modern belief that “somebody out there believed the earth is flat” is very compelling and I think was a kind of confirmation bias.

But is it possible they believed it? Sure, it’s possible.

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