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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 [9]), the invention of precession through the Babylonians [16], and the "simplification" of the Ptolemaic procedure in Copernicus' De Revolutionibus [40]. 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 [32] 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 [33] a virtually remoted example unearths how Greek world-maps quite seemed; and in [43] 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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