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Astronomy, weather, and calendars in the ancient world : parapegmata and related texts in classical and Near Eastern societies

Author: Daryn Lehoux
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daryn Lehoux
ISBN: 0521851815 9780521851817 9781107404779 1107404770
OCLC Number: 76901773
Description: xiv, 566 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. I. Parapegmata and astrometeorology: 1. The rain in Attica falls mainly under Sagitta; 2. Spelt and spica; 3. De signis; 4. When is thirty days not a month?; 5. Calendars, weather, and stars in Babylon; 6. Egyptian astrometeorology; 7. Conclusion --
pt. II. Sources: Catalogue of extant parapegmata; Extant parapegmata : texts and translations.
Responsibility: Daryn Lehoux.
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