Travellers have made a great contribution to astronomy. Sky looks different from places on different latitude. Astronomy took a leap forward once the difference was noticed. As the astronomy improved, it started helping travellers to find where are they by just looking at sky. The travellers also established the fact that earth had a curvature.
The shape of earth was like a flat plate in most of the earliest myths. It is probable that mount meru was at the centre of the flat plate for some people. Al-biruni talks about this and discards this concept as illogical. Arabic and Persian myths had a complete range of mountains around the flat plate of earth. Today a very minuscule minority of people considers earth as a flat body.
Anaximander thought that the earth was cylindrical in shape. This view did not become popular. Astronomers soon homed on spherical earth.
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