The Collector of Falsehoods

Umberto Eco, the collector of falsehoods, corrects two old ones.

The official culture in the Middle Ages was absolutely convinced that the earth was spherical and they accepted the Greek idea of the measure of the equator. [To claim otherwise is] just intellectual and cultural laziness. We are also continuously told that during the Middle Ages they burned witches, when the real burning of witches started in the Renaissance.

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