Calendars and Constellations of the Ancient World
The great temple of Amen-Ra at Thebes... is oriented to the setting sun of the season so important to Egyptians, that of the summer solstice, and this fact strengthens the opinion that Amen was considered to be a god in some way presiding over the course of the year and its right measurement. -from "Amen and the Egyptian Year" First published in 1903 as Ancient Calendars and Constellations, this overview of early astronomical observations and how they influenced the belief systems and religions of early civilizations quickly became a resource later scholars looked to for guidance. From the very beginnings of astronomy, nearly 8,000 years ago, to the more "modern" ancient astronomies of Greece, Egypt, India, Persia, and China, this charming and erudite book will fascinate students of science, history, and mythology as well as lovers of the night sky.
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6ooo Accad Accadian calendar Agni Ahura Mazda amongst ancient antiquity appear Aquarius Archer Assyrian astronomic astronomic interpretation Asura Asvins Aswins Atri autumn equinox Babylonian Bar zig-gar beginning Bull Cassiopeia celestial Cepheus Chaitra Chinese claim conjunction constella constellation constellation Aquarius constellation Aries counted dark difﬁculty division Eagle ecliptic Egyptian equinoctial colure festival ﬁg ﬁgures ﬁnd ﬁre ﬁrst ﬁrst imagining ﬁrst month ﬁxed full moon globe gods Grecian Greeks Gula heavens Hindu honour horizon horse hymns identiﬁcation Indian Indra initial point Lagash latitude legend Lunar Zodiac Macdonell Medes Median Mithras mythology myths Nakshatra Nisan observed opinion origin Pegasus personiﬁcation Plate referred represented Rig Veda round numbers Rudra sacriﬁce Sagittarius Sanscrit scholars scientiﬁc Scorpion season Semitic sidereal solstitial Soma spring equinox star group star mark suggested summer solstice sun’s suppose symbolism t/ze tablets Taurus Tchuen-Hio temple tion Trita Vedic Vritra winter solstice worship year’s Zodiac