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The comet of 44 B.C. and Caesar's funeral games

Author: J T Ramsey; A Lewis Licht
Publisher: Atlanta, Ga. : Scholars Press, ©1997.
Series: American classical studies, no. 39.
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Ramsey, J. T. (John T.)
Comet of 44 B.C. and Caesar's funeral games.
Atlanta, Ga. : Scholars Press, c1997
(OCoLC)604640651
Online version:
Ramsey, J. T. (John T.)
Comet of 44 B.C. and Caesar's funeral games.
Atlanta, Ga. : Scholars Press, c1997
(OCoLC)606240244
Named Person: Julius Caesar; Augustus, Emperor of Rome; Gaius Iulius Caesar; Jules César; Auguste, empereur romain); Augustus, Emperor of Rome; Julius Caesar
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J T Ramsey; A Lewis Licht
ISBN: 0788502735 9780788502736 0788502743 9780788502743
OCLC Number: 34640748
Language Note: English, Greek, and Latin.
Description: xx, 236 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch. I. Introduction --
Ch. II. The Prevailing View of the Celebration in 45 B.C. & the Evidence of Ad Atticum XIII 44 --
Mommsen's Theory --
Weinstock's Theory --
The Evidence of Ad Atticum XIII 44 --
Presentation of Cicero's Academica to Varro --
Brutus' Journey --
Letters from Astura --
The ludi Apollinares in 45 B.C. --
The Date of Ad Atticum XIII 44 --
Revised Chronology of Mid-July to 1 August --
Ch. III. The Transformation of the Ludi Veneris Genetricis into the Ludi Victoriae Caesaris --
The Arguments against Moving the Games in 45 B.C. --
The Arguments for Moving the Games in 44 B.C. --
Nature of the Celebration in 44 B.C. --
Scale of the Celebration in 44 and Later History --
Ch. IV. The Ancient Accounts of the Comet of 44 B.C. --
The Historical Reality of Caesar's Comet --
The Observations of Caesar's Comet --
The Chinese Sighting --
The Roman Sighting --
Intermediate Sightings? --
Ch. V. The Troubling Silence of our Sources --
The Sighting in May --
Eruption of Mt. Etna --
The Sighting in July --
Missing Chinese Report --
Silence of Cicero --
Probability of the Two Sightings Being Attested by Both Western and Far Eastern Sources --
Ch. VI. The Probable Orbit of Comet Caesar --
The July Outburst --
The Orbital Parameters --
The Comet's Path as Seen from the Earth --
Identifying the Comet --
Ch. VII. The Interpretation of Caesar's Comet as a Positive Omen --
Statement of the Problem --
Physical Appearance of the Comet and Contemporary Debate Concerning its Classification --
Astrological Interpretations of Comets --
The Sidus Iulium and Octavian's Birth Sign Capricorn --
I. Greco-Roman Sources --
II. The Date of the Dedication of the Temple of Venus Genetrix in 46 B.C. --
III. The Date of the ludi Veneris Genetricis in 46 B.C. --
IV. The Description of Caesar as Victory's "Neighbor" --
V. Parallels between Augustus' Memoirs and Later Sources --
VI. Was the sidus Iulium Perhaps a Nova or Supernova? --
VII. Was There a Solar Eclipse Visible from Rome in 44 B.C.? --
VIII. The Determination of a Parabolic Orbit from Two Sightings and Perihelion Distance --
II. Greek Words.
Series Title: American classical studies, no. 39.
Responsibility: John T. Ramsey and A. Lewis Licht ; foreword by Brian G. Marsden.
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