Archaeoastronomy in the Roman world /

This book explores the insights that Cultural Astronomy provides into the classical Roman world by unveiling the ways in which the Romans made use of their knowledge concerning the heavens, and by shedding new light on the interactions between astronomy and heritage in ancient Roman culture. Leading...

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Imprint:Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2019]
Description:1 online resource
Language:English
Series:Historical & cultural astronomy
Historical & cultural astronomy.
Subject:Archaeoastronomy -- Rome.
Astronomy, Roman.
Astronomy, Ancient.
SCIENCE -- Astronomy.
Archaeoastronomy.
Astronomy, Ancient.
Astronomy, Roman.
Rome (Empire)
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11797043
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Other authors / contributors:Magli, Giulio, 1964- editor.
Aviles, Juan Belmonte, editor.
Antonello, E. (Elio), editor.
ISBN:9783319970073
3319970070
9783319970080
3319970089
9783319970066
3319970062
Digital file characteristics:text file PDF
Notes:Includes bibliographical references.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed April 1, 2019).
Summary:This book explores the insights that Cultural Astronomy provides into the classical Roman world by unveiling the ways in which the Romans made use of their knowledge concerning the heavens, and by shedding new light on the interactions between astronomy and heritage in ancient Roman culture. Leading experts in the field present fascinating information on how and why the Romans referred to the sky when deciding upon the orientation of particular monuments, temples, tombs and even urban layouts. Attention is also devoted to questions of broader interest, such as the contribution that religious interpretation of the sky made in the assimilation of conquered peoples. When one considers astronomy in the Roman world it is customary to think of the work and models of Ptolemy, and perhaps the Julian calendar or even the sighting of the Star of Bethlehem. However, like many other peoples in antiquity, the Romans interacted with the heavens in deeper ways that exerted a profound influence on their culture. This book highlights the need to take this complexity into account in various areas of research and will appeal to all those who wish to learn more about the application of astronomy in the lives and architecture of the Romans.
Other form:Print version: Archaeoastronomy in the Roman world. Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2019] 3319970062 9783319970066
Standard no.:10.1007/978-3-319-97007-3
10.1007/978-3-319-97