By O. Neugebauer
The gathering of papers assembled the following on a number of themes in historic and medieval astronomy used to be initially advised by means of Noel Swerdlow of the collage of Chicago. He was once additionally instrumental in creating a choice* which might, quite often, be at the comparable point as my publication the precise Sciences in Antiquity. it could actually additionally supply a normal heritage for my extra technical background of historic Mathematical Astronomy and for my variation of Astronomi cal Cuneiform Texts. numerous of those republished articles have been written simply because i wished to place to leisure well-entrenched historic myths that can now not face up to shut scrutiny of the assets. Examples are the intended astronomical starting place of the Egyptian calendar (see ), the invention of precession through the Babylonians , and the "simplification" of the Ptolemaic procedure in Copernicus' De Revolutionibus . In all of my paintings i've got striven to provide as safely as i may what the unique resources show (which is frequently very varied from the acquired view). hence, in  dialogue of the technical terminology illuminates the that means of an historic passage which has been usually misused to help glossy theories approximately historical heliocentrism; in  a virtually remoted example unearths how Greek world-maps quite seemed; and in  the Alexandrian Easter computus, held in awe by way of many historians, is proven from Ethiopic assets to be in keeping with extremely simple strategies.
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