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date: 09 August 2020

meteorology 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
Author(s):
John RobertsJohn Roberts

strictly means ‘the study of things aloft’, but the term was widely used in antiquity to cover both the study of what might now be called meteorological phenomena and the investigation of (supposedly) related phenomena on and within the earth itself, such as tides, earthquakes, volcanoes, and the formation of minerals and metals. Presocratic interest in meteorology is well attested, but the difficulty of providing explanations of such intractable phenomena sometimes made students of the subject figures of fun. ... ...

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