Die goldene Aepfeln Picture

"Atlas continues to be a commonly used icon in western culture, as a symbol of strength or stoic endurance. He is often shown kneeling on one knee while supporting an enormous round globe on his back and shoulders. The globe originally represented the celestial sphere of ancient astronomy, rather than the earth. The use of the term atlas as a name for collections of terrestrial maps and the modern understanding of the earth as a sphere have combined to inspire the many depictions of Atlas' burden as the earth."

At least that's according to what Wikipedia says about classic depictions of him. However, I have a different perspective. What if the sphere he was holding was actually in hyperbolic geometry, so it's actually the "inside" of the sphere, and not the outside? I guess I just have trouble imagining the sky as being a literal sphere if it's not directly "above" us.
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Die goldene Aepfeln
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