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Published: 14 May 2015

256 Pages | 2 maps of the constellations, 1 diagram


ISBN: 9780198716983

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Constellation Myths

with Aratus's Phaenomena

Eratosthenes, Hyginus, and Aratus
Robin Hard

Oxford World's Classics

  • The only comprehensive compendium of the ancient myths of the stars and constellations, including the two main sources, Eratosthenes and Hyginus, together with Aratus' Phaenomena, the earliest surviving account of the Greek constellations.
  • A fascinating collection of mythological stories covering the constellations of the zodiac, the northern and southern skies, and the Milky Way.
  • Myths include the stories of Europa, Orion's pursuit of the Pleiades, the kneeling Heracles, Pegasus, Perseus and Andromeda, the golden ram, and many more.
  • Includes an introduction that explains the nature and origin of the myths, notes, an index, and maps of the northern and southern skies, picturing the constellations at the time when the texts were written.
  • Appendix includes extracts from Geminos, Introduction to the Phaenomena, a textbook on astronomy from the 1st century AD.

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