Plutarch’s De Facie: The Moon Is Another Earth

  • Pierre Connes
  • James Lequeux
Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)


Just as, assuming that we were unable to approach the sea or touch it, but only had a view from afar, and had the information that it is bitter, undrinkable and salty water, if someone said that it supports in its depths many large animals of multifarious shapes and is full of beasts that use the water for all the ends that we use air, his statements would seem to us like a tissue of myths and marvels, such appears to be our relation to the Moon… when we disbelieve that any men dwell there. Those men would be much more amazed at the Earth… obscurely visible in moisture, mists and clouds to think that it engenders and nourishes animate beings which partake of motion, breath and warmth.


Ancient Authors

  1. ∗Copernicus, N. (1543) De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, +translation by E. Rosen (1978), Polish Scientific Publications, Warsaw. Other translation: Ch. Gl. Wallis (1962), Great Books of Western World (GBWW), Vol. 16.Google Scholar
  2. ∗Huygens, C. (1698) Cosmotheoros, Den Haag, A.Moetjens; °English translation (1698) as The Celestial Words Discover’d, Childe, London.Google Scholar

Historians and Modern Authors

  1. Santillana, G. de (1970) The Origins of Scientific Thought, New American Library.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Connes
    • 1
  • James Lequeux
    • 2
  1. 1.OrsayFrance
  2. 2.AntonyFrance

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