David Weston Marshall

Ancient Skies : Constellation Mythology of the Greeks

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Look to the sky and see the stories in the stars

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Look to the sky and see the stories in the stars

The stars and constellations are among the few remaining objects that appear to us just as they appeared to our distant ancestors. From anywhere on Earth, a person may view the celestial panorama simply by stepping outside at night and gazing upward.

This non- fiction narrative presents the tales of the forty- eight classical constellations, compiled from literature spanning a thousand years from Homer (c. 800 BC) to Claudius Ptolemy (c. 150 AD). These age- old tales have captured the human imagination from ancient times to the present, and through them we can examine the early practical astronomy, philosophical speculation on the cosmos, and fundamental moral beliefs of much of Western civilization.

Illustrations and star charts carefully reconstructed from ancient sources lend a visual element and immerse the reader in the world of ancient cosmology and constellation mapping. Through Marshall's research and storytelling, Ancient Skies brings the belief systems of the classical world to shining life.

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Publisher
Countryman Press
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
272
Author
David Weston Marshall
Title
Ancient Skies
ISBN-13
9781682682111
Publication Date
August, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.40 x 5.80 x 1.10 Inches
ISBN-10
1682682110

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