Stars, Myths and Rituals in Etruscan Rome (Space and Society)

This publication bargains an in depth and interesting photograph of the fabulous astronomical wisdom on which the Roman calendar, routinely attributed to the king Numa Pompilius (reign 715-673 B.C.), was once established. this information, of Mesopotamian origins, comparable ordinarily to the planetary pursuits and to the prevalence of eclipses within the sun approach. the writer explains the Numan yr and cycle and illustrates in actual fact how astronomical phenomena exerted a robust impact over either private and non-private existence. a sequence of concise chapters learn the dates of the Roman gala's, describe the similar rites and myths and position the fairs relating to the planetary hobbies and astronomical occasions. exact reference is made to the events of the moon and Venus, their relation to the language of fable, and the actual importance that Venus used to be thought of to have for lady fertility. The booklet sincerely demonstrates the intensity of astronomical wisdom mirrored within the Roman non secular calendar and the detailed festive days. it's going to allure either to discovered connoisseurs and to amateurs with a specific curiosity within the topic.

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This publication bargains an in depth and interesting photograph of the fabulous astronomical wisdom on which the Roman calendar, routinely attributed to the king Numa Pompilius (reign 715-673 B.C.), was once established. this information, of Mesopotamian origins, comparable ordinarily to the planetary pursuits and to the prevalence of eclipses within the sun approach. the writer explains the Numan yr and cycle and illustrates in actual fact how astronomical phenomena exerted a robust impact over either private and non-private existence. a sequence of concise chapters learn the dates of the Roman gala's, describe the similar rites and myths and position the fairs relating to the planetary hobbies and astronomical occasions. exact reference is made to the events of the moon and Venus, their relation to the language of fable, and the actual importance that Venus used to be thought of to have for lady fertility. The booklet sincerely demonstrates the intensity of astronomical wisdom mirrored within the Roman non secular calendar and the detailed festive days. it's going to allure either to discovered connoisseurs and to amateurs with a specific curiosity within the topic.

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103 20 Composition of the Revolutions of the strains of Nodes and of Apsides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 21 The Numan Cycle as a Reference Framework for Celestial movement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 22 The activities of some of the best Planets and the Ancilia, the ‘‘Sacred Shields’’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 23 The Heavens of the mounted Stars and Their Custodian, Ianus . . . . 123 24 From the Robigalia on April 25 to the doorway of the solar in Aries for the joyful celebration of Anna Perenna on March 15 . . . . . . . 131 25 From the doorway of the sunlight in Aries to Its front in Pisces for the Terminalia on February 23, including the Vespertine upward push of Arcturus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred thirty five 26 The Vespertine emerging of Arcturus for the Terminalia on February 23 and the connection among the Romulean and Numan Calendars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Contents xxi 27 Reform of the Romulean 12 months and the Transition to the Numan yr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred forty five 28 (Inevitable) end: in step with Aspera advert Astra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 submit Scriptum: a couple of Observations, with Hindsight. . . . . . . . . 153 Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred seventy five Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Figures Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. 1. 1 2. 1 eight. 1 eight. 2 eight. three eight. four eight. five eight. 6 Fig. nine. 1 Fig. nine. 2 Fig. nine. three Fig. nine. four Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. nine. five nine. 6 nine. 7 nine. eight nine. nine nine. 10 nine. eleven nine. 12 nine. thirteen nine. 14 nine. 15 nine. sixteen Mars and Rhea Silvia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The month of April . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fortuna/Tyche . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . the 3 Graces, or Fortuna and her handmaidens . . . . . The moon waxing and waning over a complete lunation. . . . The planet Venus because the night famous person, Vesper . . . . . . . . . . Venus Callipyge posing as Fortuna Respiciens . . . . . . . . . the obvious movement of Venus among November 1957 and April 1958 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The movement of Venus round the solar considered from the Earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The movement of Venus round the sunlight considered from the Earth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a chain of 12 next periods of Venus’s visual appeal . next durations of Venus’s visual appeal because the night famous person, eight years aside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Venus pentagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Venus pentagram in an ideographic Script. . . . . . . . . The Venus pentagram subsequent to a nude girl divinity . . . . The Venus pentagram on a Minoan seal . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Venus pentagram on an hydria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Venus pentagram in a matrimonial surroundings (? ) . . . . . . Venus pentagram in a bellicose atmosphere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Venus pentagram on a jewel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Venus pentagram on an askos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Venus pentagram and a gold myrtle wrath. . . . . . . . . The Venus pentagram on an Chian jar neck . . . . . . . . . . . The Venus pentagram on a Roman Hellenistic coin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 6 28 28 29 29 30 .. 31 .. 34 .. .. 34 36 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 38 39 39 39 forty forty forty forty-one forty-one forty-one forty two forty two . . . . . . . . . . .

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