Constellation Myths: With Aratus's Phaenomena

Athena seized the writhing serpent and hurled it into the sky, and fixed it to the very pole of the heavens The constellations we recognize today were first mapped by the ancient Greeks, who arranged the stars into patterns for that purpose In the third century BC Eratosthenes compiled a handbook of astral mythology in which the constellations were associated with figureAthena seized the writhing serpent and hurled it into the sky, and fixed it to the very pole of the heavens The constellations we recognize today were first mapped by the ancient Greeks, who arranged the stars into patterns for that purpose In the third century BC Eratosthenes compiled a handbook of astral mythology in which the constellations were associated with figures from legend, and myths were provided to explain how each person, creature, or object came to be placed in the sky Thus we can see Heracles killing the Dragon, and Perseus slaying the sea monster to save Andromeda Orion chasesthe seven maidens transformed by Zeus into the Pleiades, and Aries, the golden ram, is identified flying up to the heavens This translation brings together the later summaries from Eratosthenes lost handbook with a guide to astronomy compiled by Hyginus, librarian to Augustus Together with Aratuss astronomical poem the Phaenomena, these texts provide a complete collection of Greek astral myths imaginative and picturesque, they also offer an intriguing insight into ancient science and culture.ABOUT THE SERIES For over 100 years Oxford Worlds Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxfords commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .
Constellation Myths With Aratus s Phaenomena Athena seized the writhing serpent and hurled it into the sky and fixed it to the very pole of the heavens The constellations we recognize today were first mapped by the ancient Greeks who arranged

  • Title: Constellation Myths: With Aratus's Phaenomena
  • Author: Eratosthenes Hyginus Aratus Robin Hard
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  • Page: 188
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    1. IntroductionGreek and Latin Forms of NamesTable of Ptolemaic ConstellationsNote on OrganizationNote on the Texts and TranslationMaps of the Northern and Southern SkiesEratosthenes and Hyginus, The Mythological Narratives1-4. Constellations of the Arctic Circle--1. Ursa Major, the Great Bear--2. Ursa Minor, the Little Bear--3. Draco, the Dragon--4. Cepheus5-13. Constellations Between the Arctic Circle and the Summer Tropic--5. Perseus--6. Andromeda--7. Cassiopeia, known in the ancient world as Ca [...]

    2. Scroll down for linksThis contains 3 major texts:-Catasterisms by Eratosthenes (surviving in two forms: one known as the Epitome, covering every constellation, and another known as the Vatican Fragments, which is incomplete, but contains additional information not found in the Epitome)-Constellation myths compiled by Hyginus-A prose translation of the poem Phaenomena by Aratus (and extracts from Geminos' Introduction to the 'Phaenomena' included as an appendix)The constellations are arranged sys [...]

    3. A fun and fast read that has found a place on my reference shelf for future use. I loved reading the summaries of the astronomical myths by Eratosthenes, the 3rd director of the Great Library at Alexandria. Sadly, his writings are lost, but two sets of summaries of his work survive and give us insight into the myths surrounding the constellations. Hyginus also wrote on astronomy and myths, using Eratosthenes as his primary source but also drawing from other places. The introduction was great, as [...]

    4. Used as a reference for my current WIP. The myths, although very factual and descriptive in constellation positioning, were very interesting and gave a historical insight into the minds of our pre-restorers minds / guiding compasses. Very excited to use my research & references within my work. Highly recommend for gathering research. Not so much if you are looking for a fast story. (Put it this way. it took me ages to read & I'm very proud of myself for reading it. It is not for the ligh [...]

    5. /Ursa Major"This constellation, as is commonly remarked, never sets, and those who want to find an explantation for this say that Tethys, the wife of Ocean, refuses to receive it when the other starts come to their setting because she had been the nurse of Hera, whose place Callisto had usurped as mistress." (p.5).

    6. Well, this collection of sources/commentary on the myths didn't quite meet my expectations: I was expecting a more affirmative explanation of the myths, but what I got instead were an explanation of why you couldn't have one concrete version - there are several different versions of myths. It was rather interesting. The other thing that was rather interesting was just how much farming is tied to astronomy.

    7. A little dull at times, except for the essay in the introduction, but Constellation Myths is a stellar academic introduction to ancient astrology.

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