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11. Forum: Do the Early Middle Ages Survive Only as a Sacred Cow? C&C Review 2002:1 [Journals] [SIS Review]
... certain, by the following consideration. Several ancient authors mention that the birthday of Augustus was 23rd September. The emperor, who knew that his horoscope (now lost) was extraordinary, had a structure built on the Field of Mars in Rome to show the equinoxes. Only on these two days of the year, the shadow of his sundial fell straight across the square and directly towards his peace altar. It seems obvious to equate 23rd September then and now with the autumnal equinox - but we do not (yet) have an ancient source stating that in the time of Augustus the autumnal equinox did fall on 23rd September . If we had such a source ...
12. Mulholland: "A Celestial Mechanician Whose Name is Almost Synonymous with High Precision" [Journals] [Kronos]
... depends greatly on historical evidence. He selected from several thousand data and references only one - the change of the latitude of Babylon - and dismissed it without informing himself and his listeners that the source is Johannes Kepler, who quoted an Arab astronomer, Arzachel, who used Ptolemy in his calculations. Mulholland failed to recognize the significance of ancient sundials and water clocks found in Egypt. Mulholland made no mention of the paleontological and geological evidence collected in Earth in Upheaval. * * * Part Two (L . E. R. ) Even before King introduced Mulholland as "a celestial mechanician whose name is almost synonymous with high precision", Mulholland himself had rendered those words somewhat ...
13. Lifting 'Bickerman's veil' [Journals] [SIS Review]
... correct date for the vernal equinox, but from another late source there is confirmation of the widespread use of the 182 or 183 day half-year. Bede's Reckoning In AD 703 Bede wrote a didactic treatise on how to reckon time mainly for the purpose of establishing the true date of Easter . We know that Bede was using a sundial to check the equinoctial dates but this must have been very difficult in cloudy Northumbria . Nevertheless, he had taken enough observations to know that the equinoxes did not occur at the desired calendar dates. But this is not what interests us – in an effort to persuade some of his sceptical brethren that the equinox did not ...
14. Letters [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... which take more than a day to mature, the moon is quite the most universal and easily accessible time keeper and I am confident that therein lies the origin of monthly accounts. Mr Hennegin also takes me to account for failing to recognize that clockwise' rotation derives from the travel of the shadow round the dial of a (circular) sundial. Actually, if he will read my original paper more closely, he will find that this origin was covered in it, if only rather briefly. The sundial is certainly a candidate for the prototype clock face, but it is worth remembering that the earliest known Egyptian sundials (ca. 850 BC) were not circular at all ...
15. Letters [Journals] [SIS Review]
... . DiTrocchio, has written some wonderful books on this.) Emmet J. Sweeney's sentence In fact the case for identifying the Baltic as the location of the events described in the Iliad rests almost entirely on name similarities' suggests that either he did not read, or did not understand, my book. Felice Vinci, Roma, Italy Sundials and equinoxes Birgit Liesching displays a common misapprehension when she writes: Bede .. . should have noticed .. . his sundial should have shown him that the equinox .. . fell on March 18th' (C &CR 2002:1 , p. 23). Contrary to what many people apparently believe, observations of sunrises ...
16. Chapter 14 Agronomy and Climatology [Journals] [Velikovskian]
... to find an explanation for these figures. 14 Kugler, Sternkunde und Sterndienst in Babel, I, 226-227. 422 VELIKOVSKIAN Vol. VI, Nos. 1, 2, 3 The length of the longest day in a year depends on the latitude, or the distance from the pole, and is different at different places. Gnomons or sundials can be built with great precision.15 The Babylonian astronomical tablets of the eighth century provide exact data, according to which the longest day at Babylon was equal to 14 hours 24 minutes, whereas the modern determination is 14 hours 10 minutes and 54 seconds. "The difference between the two figures is too great to be attributable to ...
17. The Ramesside Star Tables [Journals] [SIS Review]
... sound" (even contradictory). Faced with this problem, a modern astronomer would probably start his clock at mid-day, which he could observe fairly accurately by means of shadow lengths and directions (subject to the qualification that he would still have no automatic method of correcting for the equation of time, which is the error to which all sundials are subject, sun time and mean time getting as much as 14 to 16 minutes apart at certain seasons of the year). We do not think the ancient Egyptians had sundials which could be used reliably at all times of the day and at all seasons of the year, but it is certainly conceivable that they might have used ...
18. Worlds In Collision And Recent Finds In Archaeology. Ch.17 Supplement (Earth In Upheaval) [Velikovsky] [Velikovsky Earth in Upheaval]
... based on historical texts of many peoples around the globe, on classical literature, on epics of northern races, on sacred books of the Orient and Occident, on traditions and folklore of primitive peoples. The question that arose was: Where is the archaeological evidence? In later chapters of my book I gave such evidence: water clocks and sundials that show a different length of the day or altered latitudes;, change in the orientation of ancient temples which originally faced toward the east but do so no longer. I also closely examined in my book the calendars of the civilized peoples of antiquity, from Mexico and Peru to Greece, Iran, Israel, Egypt, Babylon, ...
19. The Water Clock, Part 2 Mars Ch.7 (Worlds in Collision) [Velikovsky] [Velikovsky Worlds in Collision]
... From "Worlds in Collision" © 1950 by Immanuel Velikovsky | FULL TEXT NOT AVAILABLE Contents The Water Clock Besides the gnomon, or sundial, the Egyptians used the water clock, which had the advantage over the former of showing time during the night as well as during the day. A complete example was found in the Amon Temple of Karnak (Thebes), 25.5 north of the equator. This water clock dates from the time of Amenhotep III of the Eighteenth Dynasty, father of Ikhnaton. The jar has an opening through which water flows out; ma rks are incised on the inner surface of the jar to indicate the time. Since the Egyptian day ...
20. Greek Debt To Babylonians [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... of stuff. In Greek discussions of astronomy there are many, many references to Babylonian and Chaldaean knowledge of astronomy. To trawl through all the classical references would be impossible, but here is one early and one late to give the range of ideas as well as dates. Herodotus II.109.3 says that "knowledge of the sundial (polos) and the gnomon and the twelve divisions of the day came into Greece from Babylon". Seneca (Natural Questions VII,4 ,1 ) cites the views on comets of two Greeks who say they studied among the Chaldaeans, Epigenes and Apollonius of Myndus. "Apollonius says that the Chaldaeans place comets in the category ...
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