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Hesiod, Opera (Frankfurt, 1559)

Works of Hesiod

In Works and Days, the poet Hesiod, a rough contemporary of Homer, compiled guidelines for conducting life and forecasting the weather according to the stars. When Orion rises at sunset in autumn, sailors knew that the time had come to bring their ships to port:

“...then the winds war aloud, And veil the ocean with a sable cloud: Then round the bank, already haul’d on shore, Lay stones, to fix her when the tempests roar...”

Since Orion’s belt of three bright stars lies upon the celestial equator, Orion is visible from every inhabited part of the globe.

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Source: John and Mary Nichols Special Collections

Section: Stars

Section Number: 4

Object Number: 19

Subject Area(s): Meteorology, Astronomy, Literature

Time Period: Ancient

Region(s): Europe, Germany, Greece

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Coma Berenices Learning Leaflet

Coma Berenices Learning Leaflet

Coma Berenices is the only one of the modern 88 official constellations named after a historical figure. It represents the hair of Berenice, Queen of Egypt (267 221 BCE), who reigned with Ptolemy III Euergetes. Learn more about this in this learning leaflet.


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