Question by Bestia: Isaac Newton “had extensive knowledge of ancient history”. What had Isaac Newton known about Carthage?
Isaac Newton read the Book of Daniel a lot, and so he would had known about the Babylonians, Medes and Persians.
Isaac Newton read the Book of Revelations a lot, and so he would had known about the Ottomans, Byzantines, Greeks and Romans.
Answer by Naz F
I agree, he would have known about all these topics. The Ottomans and Byzantines would be recent history to him; since the Ottoman empire when he lived (about 1600) was at its peak, and the Byzantine empire only fell in 1450. He would have known about the Greeks and Romans, since that was part of every educated man’s studies at that time. As a scientist, he would have learned Latin.
He had some knowledge of the Babylonians, Medes, and Persians (also, the Egyptians), not just because he read the Bible, but because he was very interested in Alchemy. Newton, in fact, actually wrote more about Alchemy than anything else.
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