The Thessalonian apostle Paul was close to the Macedonian convert Aristarchus.

Born on the island of Samos, Aristarchus later studied in Alexandria, Egypt.

He is remembered for his model of the universe, which included a stationary Sun, planets orbiting in a circular orbit around the Sun, and stars rotating around the Sun.

However, it is unclear why the stars were rotating around the Sun.

The Greek philosopher Aristarchus was a controversial figure, with a number of contrarian views of the universe.

Because of his controversial ideas, he was condemned to a trial for putting forth ideas that ran counter to the natural order.

Aristarchus' ideas contradicted the views of both Aristotle and Claudius Ptolemy. They also argued that the Earth was the center of the universe.