Roman statue of Atlas…

A Roman statue of Atlas, dating to the second century AD, offers clues to the lost work of ancient Greek astronomer Hipparchus, a US astronomical historian said on Tuesday. The Farnese Atlas – a sculpture of the mythical Titan carrying a globe of the heavens on his shoulder – is currently on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. The carved constellations on this globe appear to have been based on the lost star catalog of Hipparchus (who flourished around 140-125 BC) which no modern eyes have seen, according to Bradley Schaefer of Louisiana State University.

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