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    DescriptionThe focus of this book, first published in 2007, is the interplay between ancient astronomy, meteorology, physics and calendrics. It looks at a set of popular instruments and texts (parapegmata) used in antiquity for astronomical weather prediction and the regulation of day-to-day life. Farmers, doctors, sailors and others needed to know when the heavens were conducive to various activities, and they developed a set of fairly sophisticated tools and texts for tracking temporal, astronomical and weather cycles. Sources are presented in full, with an accompanying translation. A comprehensive analysis explores questions such as: What methodologies were used in developing the science of astrometeorology? What kinds of instruments were employed and how did these change over time? How was the material collected and passed on? How did practices and theories differ in the different cultural contexts of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome?


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    Title
    Astronomy, Weather, and Calendars in the Ancient World
    Subtitle
    Parapegmata and Related Texts in Classical and Near-Eastern Societies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Daryn Lehoux
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 580
    Width: 182 mm
    Height: 248 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 1,320 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521851817
    ISBN 10: 0521851815
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    BIC subject category V2: RBP
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC22: 509
    BISAC V2.8: SCI042000, HIS000000, SCI004000
    DC22: 522
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDA
    BISAC V2.8: SCI066000
    Abridged Dewey: 522
    LC classification: QC999 .L44 2007
    LC subject heading: , , , , , , ,
    Thema V1.0: PDX, PG, RBP
    Illustrations note
    24 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    24 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Daryn Lehoux is Lecturer in Roman History, Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester.
    Review quote
    'This is the first monograph on parapegmata in some time and the most comprehensive to date. ... Lehoux has provided [an] exhaustive study ... with an engaging discussion of the historical and intellectual implications of these sources. This work will be essential for anyone working on ancient astronomy, calendrics or related areas.' Journal of the History of Astronomy '... engagingly written, with occasional comparisons to varieties of popular weather forecasting in twentieth-century rural Canada ... This book will deservedly become the fundamental source for its subject.' Metascience
    Table of contents
    Part I. Parapegmata and Astrometeorology: 1. The rain in Attica falls mainly under Sagitta; 2. Spelt and Spica; 3. De signis; 4. When is thirty days not a month?; 5. Calendars, weather, and stars in Babylon; 6. Egyptian astrometeorology; 7. Conclusion; Part II. Sources: Catalogue of extant parapegmata; Extant parapegmata; Appendix 1. Authorities cited in parapegmata; Appendix 2. Tables of correspondence of parapegmata.