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Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning (Dover Books on Astronomy)

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Here is an unusual book for anyone who appreciates the beauty and wonder of the stars. Solidly based upon years of thorough research into astronomical writings and observations of the ancient Chinese, Arabic, Euphrates, Hellenic, and Roman civilizations, it is an informative, non-technical excursion into the vast heritage of folklore and history associated with the heavenly bodies.

From his studies of the writings of scores of ancient astronomers, the author has come up with a fascinating history of the names various cultures have given the constellations, the literary and folkloristic uses that have been made of the stars through the centuries, and the often incredible associations that ancient peoples established with the stars. He covers, for example, the origins of the lunar and solar zodiacs; the use of stars and constellations in the Bible and other sacred writings, poetry, etc.; the idea of the Milky Way; how star pictures were originally set up and why; astrology and the use of stars to tell people's fortunes; and many other star curiosities. In this regard, the book touches upon not only all of the constellations (including many that long ago dropped out of star catalogues), but their important stars and such other asterisms as the Hyades, the Pleiades, the Great Nebula of Andromeda, and the Magellanic Clouds.

The book is the only complete coverage of its kind in English. It is completely non-technical, hence accessible to etymologists, anthropologists, and amateur star-gazers. But it contains so much unique reading material on early astronomical theory, so many delightful accounts drawn from the pages of books almost impossible to find today, that even the practicing astronomer will find it refreshingly new and instructive.

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Star names, the zodiac, constellations; folklore, and literature associated with heavens. Based on years of thorough research into astronomical writings and observations of the ancient Chinese, Arabic, Euphrates, Hellenic, and Roman civilizations.

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Ancient observations and folklore provide the basis for an exploration of astronomical nomenclature.

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Star names, the zodiac, constellations; folklore, and literature associated with heavens. Based on years of thorough research into astronomical writings and observations of the ancient Chinese, Arabic, Euphrates, Hellenic, and Roman civilizations.


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

THE SOLAR ZODIAC

THE LUNAR ZODIAC

THE CONSTELLATIONS

THE GALAXY

INDICES

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486210797
Author:
Allen, Richard
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
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Author:
Space
Author:
Allen, Richard
Author:
Allen, Richard H.
Subject:
Astronomy - Star Guides
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Stars
Subject:
Constellations
Subject:
Astronomy-Handbooks and Guides
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Astronomy
Publication Date:
19630631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
563
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 1.36 lb

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Star names, the zodiac, constellations; folklore, and literature associated with heavens. Based on years of thorough research into astronomical writings and observations of the ancient Chinese, Arabic, Euphrates, Hellenic, and Roman civilizations.

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"Synopsis" by , Star names, the zodiac, constellations; folklore, and literature associated with heavens. Based on years of thorough research into astronomical writings and observations of the ancient Chinese, Arabic, Euphrates, Hellenic, and Roman civilizations.


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