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Alexandria and the moon : an investigation into the lunar Macedonian calendar of Ptolemaic Egypt

Author: Chris Bennett
Publisher: Leuven ; Walpole, MA : Peeters, 2011.
Series: Studia Hellenistica, 52.
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This book is the first comprehensive study of the lunar Macedonian calendar in two decades. The mechanics of the calendar are examined in detail, and a new approach for reconstructing the sequence of intercalary months and years is proposed which, for the first time, permits a consistent interpretation of the papyrological data of the middle Ptolemaic period. It is shown that in c. 265 BC Ptolemy II deliberately set  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Chronologies
History
Chronology
Named Person: Ptolemaic dynasty; Ptolemaic dynasty
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Bennett
ISBN: 9789042925052 9042925051
OCLC Number: 745332965
Description: xxxvi, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Patterns of use of the Macedonian calendar --
Macedonian calendar in Alexandria --
Macedonian New Year after Zenon --
Macedonian calendar after Zenon --
Macedonian New Year before Zenon --
Purpose of biennial intercalation --
Appendix A. Detecting Canopic dates --
Appendix B. Macedonian New Year outside Egypt --
Appendix C. Macedonian intercalation outside Egypt.
Series Title: Studia Hellenistica, 52.
Responsibility: by Chris Bennett.

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This book is the first comprehensive study of the lunar Macedonian calendar in two decades. The mechanics of the calendar are examined in detail, and a new approach for reconstructing the sequence of intercalary months and years is proposed which, for the first time, permits a consistent interpretation of the papyrological data of the middle Ptolemaic period. It is shown that in c. 265 BC Ptolemy II deliberately set in motion a process to realign the calendar over an extended period, which ended early in the reign of Ptolemy IV. The results have implications for the origins of the financial year, the date of the Ptolemaieia, and the history of the Canopic reform of the Egyptian calendar, among other topics. Appendices consider the nature of Macedonian intercalation and the New Year outside Egypt.

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The author's Addenda & Corrigenda are accessible at: <a title="http://independent.academia.edu/ChrisBennett/Papers/1194863/Alexandria_and_the_Moon_Addenda_et_Corrigenda" href="http://independent.academia.edu/ChrisBennett/Papers/1194863/Alexandria_and_the_Moon_Addenda_et_Corrigenda" target="_blank">http://independent.academia.edu/ChrisBennett/Papers/1194863/Alexandria_and_the_Moon_Addenda_et_Corrigenda</a>

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