Stars, Myths and Rituals in Etruscan Rome (Space and Society)

This publication deals a close and engaging photo of the outstanding astronomical wisdom on which the Roman calendar, ordinarily attributed to the king Numa Pompilius (reign 715-673 B.C.), used to be established. this data, of Mesopotamian origins, similar ordinarily to the planetary hobbies and to the prevalence of eclipses within the sun process. the writer explains the Numan 12 months and cycle and illustrates essentially how astronomical phenomena exerted a strong effect over either private and non-private lifestyles. a chain of concise chapters study the dates of the Roman gala's, describe the comparable rites and myths and position the fairs on the subject of the planetary hobbies and astronomical occasions. precise reference is made to the activities of the moon and Venus, their relation to the language of fable, and the actual value that Venus was once thought of to have for woman fertility. The publication sincerely demonstrates the intensity of astronomical wisdom mirrored within the Roman non secular calendar and the distinctive festive days. it's going to charm either to realized connoisseurs and to amateurs with a specific curiosity within the topic.

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Five three The Names of Etruscan and Roman Months . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . nine four The Numan Cycle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 five The Numan 12 months and Cycle, and the movement of the Moon . . . . . . 19 6 The Numan Cycle and the activities of the solar, the Moon and Venus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 7 The sun New 12 months on March eight or nine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 eight The pursuits of the Moon and Venus and the Language of delusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 The movement of Venus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 10 The pursuits of Venus (and the Moon), woman Fertility, and the banquet Days of Veneralia and Matralia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . forty five eleven The size of being pregnant, the sunlight New 12 months, and the Feasts of Matronalia and Liberalia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . fifty three 12 The Solstice Feasts: Fors Fortuna and Saturnalia. . . . . . . . . . . . . fifty nine nine xix xx Contents thirteen sunlight Eclipses, Lunar Eclipses and the Cycle of Saros . . . . . . . . . sixty five 14 The Saros Cycle and the ceremonial dinner Days of Feriae Martis and Anna Perenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . seventy three 15 The Frequency of sun and Lunar Eclipses and the Festivities of the Numan 12 months . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . seventy seven sixteen Roman and Mesopotamian Eclipses: The dinner party Days of the Regifugium and Vestalia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ninety one 17 The Revolution of the road of Nodes and the banquet Days of October Equus, Fordicidia and Parilia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ninety five 18 The Ascendant Node on the First element of Aries and the pageant of Summanus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ninety nine 19 The Revolution of the road of Apsides, and the ceremonial dinner of Compitalia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 20 Composition of the Revolutions of the traces of Nodes and of Apsides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 21 The Numan Cycle as a Reference Framework for Celestial movement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 22 The hobbies of some of the best Planets and the Ancilia, the ‘‘Sacred Shields’’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 23 The Heavens of the mounted Stars and Their Custodian, Ianus . . . . 123 24 From the Robigalia on April 25 to the doorway of the solar in Aries for the joyful celebration of Anna Perenna on March 15 . . . . . . . 131 25 From the doorway of the solar in Aries to Its front in Pisces for the Terminalia on February 23, including the Vespertine upward thrust of Arcturus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred thirty five 26 The Vespertine emerging of Arcturus for the Terminalia on February 23 and the connection among the Romulean and Numan Calendars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Contents xxi 27 Reform of the Romulean yr and the Transition to the Numan 12 months. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred forty five 28 (Inevitable) end: in step with Aspera advert Astra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 publish Scriptum: a couple of Observations, with Hindsight. . . . . . . . . 153 Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred seventy five Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Figures Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. 1. 1 2. 1 eight. 1 eight. 2 eight. three eight. four eight. five eight. 6 Fig. nine. 1 Fig. nine. 2 Fig. nine. three Fig. nine. four Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig. Fig.

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