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θάλαττα (θάλασσα)

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Aristotle METE

θάλαττα (θάλασσα)

I 3.339b12

Lucretius DRN

Seneca NQ

References for Greek and Latin

Modern Description

written by Susanne M Hoffmann

In common language, the sea is a huge open water where the opposite coast cannot be seen.

The modern scientific definition differs from the mere experience and considers the arrangement of land around the water and the amount of salt in it. This causes several misnamed areas like the Baltic Sea, the Caspean Sea, the Black Sea, ... which are inland lakes due to the modern definition.

For Aristotle and other ancient authors, the "common language"-definition applies.

Further Remarks

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