Astronomy, Weather, and Calendars in the Ancient World
Parapegmata and Related Texts in Classical and Near-Eastern Societies
By (author) Daryn Lehoux
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Astronomy, Weather, and Calendars in the Ancient World by Daryn Lehoux
Book DescriptionThe 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. Sources are presented in full, with an accompanying translation. A 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521851817
(247mm x 174mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This book explains the popular instruments and texts (parapegmata) used in antiquity for astronomical weather prediction.
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Author Biography - Daryn Lehoux
Daryn Lehoux is Lecturer in Roman History, Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester.
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