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How was gravity explained in Ancient Greek and Roman times?

Gravity is of course something that we can all observe. Stuff falls towards the ground. But not everything: some things like steam or smoke defy this force and instead float up. During Ancient Greek ...
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Beware the Ides of March!

Apropos of the murder of Gaius Julius Caesar, the late V. I. Arnold told the following amusing story in pages 89-90 of his "Yesterday and Long Ago": CAESAR AND GAULS: THE DEFENSE OF ROME FROM THE ...
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Why there are there no known Roman mathematicans from the Roman Empire?

I know that Roman Empire built some of the most beautiful things for the epoch and also had an incredible culture (law, poetry, ...). However, my question is: Why there are there no known Roman ...
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What did ancient near eastern protoscience believe about germination?

Two Bible verses seem to indicate that ancients believed germination was the death of a seed, and a resurrection or rebirth of that seed into a plant: Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth ...
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Roman engineers

It is a common opinion that Romans did not contribute anything to exact sciences, but did contribute much to engineering. (How can it be otherwise, anyone who has been on the territory of the former ...
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Was it technologically possible to create electricity, batteries, and electrical devices at the time of the Roman Empire?

I know this question sounds like it should be in the sci-fi site (and maybe it should), but I'm more interested in the state of metallurgy etc at the time of the Roman Empire (let's say around 0 AD) ...
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Was there any exact science or mathematics in the Eastern Roman Empire?

I mean in the Byzantine empire, since the movement of the capitol to Constantinople till its conquest by the Turks, about 12 centuries. Unlike the Western Empire this one was never conquered by "...