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Lucian, The Sky-Man, 12

nanImagine yourself first descrying a tiny Earth, far smaller than the Moon looks; on turning my eyes down, I could not think for some time what had become of our mighty mountains and vast sea. If I had not caught sight of the Colossus of Rhodes and the Pharus tower, I assure you I should never have made out the Earth at all. But their height and projection, with the faint shimmer of Ocean in the sun, showed me it must be the Earth I was looking at. Then, when once I had got my sight properly focused, the whole human race was clear to me, not merely in the shape of nations and cities, but the individuals, sailing, fighting, ploughing, going to law; the women, the beasts, and in short every breed ‘that feedeth on earth’s foison.’Fr. Most unconvincing and contradictory. Just now you were searching for the Earth, it was so diminished by distance, and if the Colossus had not betrayed it, you would have taken it for something else; and now you develop suddenly into a Lynceus, and distinguish everything upon it, the men, the beasts, one might almost say the gnat swarms. Explain, please.

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landscapes Thonemann (2020) 87, 88
lucian of samosata Thonemann (2020) 87, 88
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rome,roman empire Thonemann (2020) 87, 88
sea Thonemann (2020) 87
shepherds Thonemann (2020) 88
ships Thonemann (2020) 87
trees,violence Thonemann (2020) 88
trees Thonemann (2020) 88
wealth' Thonemann (2020) 88