Piquant excerpts lifted from Touchstone editors' own reading & listening.
[The Creator] gave to the world the figure which was suitable and also natural. Now to the animal which was to comprehend all animals, that figure would be suitable which comprehended within itself all other figures. Wherefore he made the world in the form of a globe, round as from a lathe, having its extremes in every direction equidistant from the center. . . .
Timaeus, 33d (ca. 350 b.c.)