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By Thomas Heath

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Publish yr note: First released December ninth 1913

This vintage paintings strains Aristarchus of Samos's anticipation by way of millennia of Copernicus's progressive thought of the orbital movement of the earth. Heath's historical past of astronomy levels from Homer and Hesiod to Aristarchus and comprises prices from quite a few thinkers, compilers, and scholasticists from Thales and Anaximander via Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, and Heraclides. 34 figures.

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Under year of Abraham 1433, ‘An eclipse of the sun, the occurrence of which Thales had predicted : a battle between Alyattes and Astyages’. The eclipse so foretold is now most generally taken to be that which took place on the (Julian) 28th May, 585. A difficulty formerly felt in regard to this date seems now to have been removed. Herodotus (followed by Clement) says that the eclipse took place during a battle between Alyattes and Cyaxares. C. must have taken place during the reign of his son; and perhaps it was the knowledge of this fact which made Eusebius say that the battle was between Alyattes and Astyages.

Ii, 1911, p. 525) adhere to the date 28th May, 585. 13 Ptolemy, Syntaxis iv, c. 6 sq. 14 Ptolemy, Syntaxis iv, c. 2, p. , ed. Heiberg. 15 Suidas understands the Chaldaean name for this period to have been saros, but this seems to be a mistake. According to Syncellus (Chronographia, p. 17, A–B), Berosus expressed his periods in sars, ners, and sosses, a sar being 3,600 years, while ner meant 600 years, and soss 60 years; but we learn that the same words were also used to denote the same numbers of days respectively (Syncellus, p.

G. p. 376. 22). 34 Aët. iii. 11. I (D. G. p. 377. 7). 35 Aiistotle, De caelo ii. 13, 294 a 30. 36 Tannery, op. , p. 71. 37 Theon of Smyrna, p. 198. 17 . 38 The ‘tropical year’ is the time required by the sun to return to the same position with reference to the equinoctial points, while the ‘sidereal year’ is the time taken to return to the same position with reference to the fixed stars. 39 Diog. L. i. 23 (Vors. i2, p. 3. 18). 40 Tannery, op. , p. 66. 41 Pliny, N. H. xviii, c. 25, § 213 (Vors. i2, p.

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