Space and Society

Stars, Myths and Rituals in Etruscan Rome

Authors: Magini, Leonardo

  • Presents Roman astronomical science, perhaps the most important advance in the history of ancient astronomy
  • Clearly demonstrates how the ancient Roman calendar was dependent on highly developed astronomical knowledge
  • Explains the relation of planetary movements and astronomical events to Roman festivals and myths
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This book offers a detailed and fascinating picture of the astonishing astronomical knowledge on which the Roman calendar, traditionally attributed to the king Numa Pompilius (reign 715-673 B.C.), was based. This knowledge, of Mesopotamian origins, related mainly to the planetary movements and to the occurrence of eclipses in the solar system. The author explains the Numan year and cycle and illustrates clearly how astronomical phenomena exerted a powerful influence over both public and private life. A series of concise chapters examine the dates of the Roman festivals, describe the related rites and myths and place the festivals in relation to the planetary movements and astronomical events. Special reference is made to the movements of the moon and Venus, their relation to the language of myth, and the particular significance that Venus was considered to have for female fertility. The book clearly demonstrates the depth of astronomical knowledge reflected in the Roman religious calendar and the designated festive days. It will appeal both to learned connoisseurs and to amateurs with a particular interest in the subject.

Table of contents (28 chapters)

  • The Beginning of Astronomical Time and the Feriae Martis

    Magini, Leonardo

    Pages 1-3

  • The Numan Year, the Romulean Year and the Feriale Antiquissimum

    Magini, Leonardo

    Pages 5-7

  • The Names of Etruscan and Roman Months

    Magini, Leonardo

    Pages 9-13

  • The Numan Cycle

    Magini, Leonardo

    Pages 15-18

  • The Numan Year and Cycle, and the Motion of the Moon

    Magini, Leonardo

    Pages 19-21

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-07265-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-36001-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stars, Myths and Rituals in Etruscan Rome
Authors
Series Title
Space and Society
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-07266-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-07266-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-07265-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36001-0
Series ISSN
2199-3882
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXI, 181
Number of Illustrations and Tables
59 b/w illustrations
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