I have a question about ancient Greek astronomy. We know certainly that the likes of Pythagoras, Aristotle, Anaximander, et al had much to say about the motions of the stars, planets, comets, etc, mythology notwithstanding.
My question is a rather simple one, yet I have not been able to find an answer anywhere.
Just how much of this knowledge would the ‘man in the street’ been aware of?? For example, how likely would they be to know of Pythagoras’ explanation that the morning star and evening star were both Venus, or that Aristotle thought comets were sublunar objects?
Surely these and other early Greek philosophers did not publish in scientific journals or publish popular literature. So, how was their thinking spread and how far? Did it reach only those select few who attended their lectures? Or, if the ‘common man' was aware, how would they know? Were the early Greeks more likely to accept that the sun’s daily motion was down to Helios driving his golden chariot rather than a more ’scientific' explanation?