Greeks in the end of the World
978-960-14-2058-5 Pages 400
search for the real truth about the world, the bold
explo-ration of the darker coast in the most inhospitable seas
on earth, composes the adventure of Magellan in the endless
struggle of man to explore the unknown and unlock the secret
world. In to-day’s age of convenience the new novel, by
the winner of the Greek State Literature Award 2008, George
Leonardos, sheds light on the titanic battle for human
knowledge and discovery of the world as we now know it.
the pages of this book, the reader is navigating with
Ma-gellan’s boats, taste the sea salt, conscious of the
risks involved and the uncertainty of each day dawns. And a
book for navigators could not omit the Greek sailors, who
accompanied Magellan in the struggle to conquer the unknown.
expedition was the first to circumnavigate the globe and the
first to navigate the strait in South America connect-ing the
Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Magellan's crew observed several
animals that were entirely new to European science, in-cluding
a "camel without humps". A black "goose"
that had to be skinned instead of plucked was a penguin.
of the closest galaxies, the named after him “Magellanic
Clouds”, were discovered by crew members in the southern
hemi-sphere. The full extent of the Earth was also realized,
since their voyage was 14,460 leagues (69,800 km or 43,400mi).
need for an International Date Line was established. Upon
returning they found their calendars were a day behind, even
though they had faithfully maintained the ship's log.
they did not have clocks accurate enough to ob-serve the very
slight lengthening of each day during which they were underway
on the journey (and since they traveled west, after
circumnavigation they had rotated about the Earth's axis
exactly one time less, hence experiencing one less night, than
if they had remained in Spain). This caused great excitement
at the time and a special delegation was sent to the Pope to
explain the oddity to him.
course that Magellan charted was followed by other navigators:
Garcia Jofre de Loaisa, Andres de Urdaneta, Sir Fran-cis Drake
and the Manila Galleon.
Magellan probe, which mapped the planet Venus from 1990 to
1994, was named after Ferdinand Magellan.