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You got caught in the middle of my replying to others ...
Thank you soooooooo much for enjoying that reference ...
The quarters we know today as east and west, the Phoenicians knew as Asu (sunrise) and Ereb (sunset), labels that live today in the names Asia and Europe.
The philosopher Thales of Miletos, as the Alexandrian poet Kallimachos recorded, taught Ionian sailors to navigate by the Little Bear constellation fully 600 years before the birth of Christ:
Now to Miletos he steered his course
That was the teaching of old Thales
Who in bygone days gauged the stars
Of the Little Bear by which the Phoenicians
Steered across the seas
-Alexandrian poet Kallimachos
I am always amazed at the groundwork laid by ancient navigators.
*Hugs* to you.
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