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Greece and Australia: Astronomy in pre-literate societies

THE pre-literate Greeks of Homer’s times may be thought to have had little in common with the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Research, however,  has revealed that the Greeks of Homer’s times, c. 750-650 BC,   were not alone among ancient … Continue reading

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Index

The following postings give summaries of the astronomical content of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey  Please scroll down to each section 1. Astronomy & Calendars        2. The Odyssey &  the  Iliad       3. Through the Ages 4. Odysseus … Continue reading

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2. The Odyssey and the Iliad

JUST as the literary content of the Odyssey and the Iliad is very different, so is the astronomical learning preserved in each epic. In the Iliad Homer embeded an extensive catalogue of stars and constellations based on the 49 contingents … Continue reading

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3. Homer the Astronomer through the ages

Heraclius by Johannes Moreelse In the centuries after Homer there were intriguing references to his being not only a literary genius but also an astronomer. Nevertheless there is little if anything in the historical record to say how much or … Continue reading

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5. Homer the Mathematician

A major advance in our study of Homer’s Odyssey as a source of astronomical learning was analysis of the considerable numerical data embedded throughout the epic. This data is directly related not only to the construction of a luni-solar calendar … Continue reading

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Astronomy and post-Homeric drama

In Greek Moon, A study of Greek drama as astronomical allegory, Dr Michael Buhagiar explores works by Aeschylus and Sophocles for astronomical connotations and a possible continuity with the  astronomy of Homer’s Secret Odyssey and Homer’s Secret Iliad . Dr … Continue reading

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