Astronomy, Weather, and Calendars in the Ancient World : Parapegmata and Related Texts in Classical and Near Eastern Societies (Hardcover)

Author: Lehoux, Daryn

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The focus of this book is the interplay between ancient astronomy, meteorology, physics and calendrics. It looks at a set of popular instruments and texts (parapegmata) used in antiquity for astronomical weather prediction and the regulation of day-to-day life. Farmers, doctors, sailors, and others needed to know when the heavens were conducive to various activities, and they developed a set of fairly sophisticated tools and texts for tracking temporal, astronomical, and weather cycles. For the first time the sources are presented in full, with an accompanying translation. A new and comprehensive analysis explores questions such as: What methodologies were used in developing the science of astrometeorology? What kinds of instruments were employed and how did these change over time? How was the material collected and passed on? How did practices and theories differ in the different cultural contexts of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome?

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521851817
SKU 203957182
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0521851815
Release Date 9/1/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0566
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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