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2. Astronomy in antiquity

2. Astronomy in antiquity  

Michael Hoskin

in The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775727
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803061.003.0002
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chapter
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9780192803061
‘Astronomy in Antiquity’ traces the origins of astronomy, which emerged for different reasons in Egypt and Babylon. In Egypt the far-flung kingdom required a well-established calendar to ... More
2. Months and years

2. Months and years  

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

in The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776076
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804990.003.0002
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chapter
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9780192804990
‘Months and years’ discusses lunar and solar calendars, which are based on the period of the moon's revolution round the earth (the month) and the earth's revolution round the sun (the ... More
3. Prehistory and history of the modern calendar

3. Prehistory and history of the modern calendar  

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

in The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776076
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804990.003.0003
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chapter
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9780192804990
‘Prehistory and history of the modern calendar’ describes the stages of creation that led to the Roman Republican calendar, universally known and almost universally used today, which is a ... More
1. The sky in prehistory

1. The sky in prehistory  

Michael Hoskin

in The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2003
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775727
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803061.003.0001
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chapter
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9780192803061
Historians of astronomy mainly work from surviving documents, instruments, and artefacts. However, ‘The Sky in Prehistory’ examines the surviving stone monuments from a period where there ... More
4. The calendar and festivals

4. The calendar and festivals  

Norman Solomon

in Judaism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780035
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199687350.003.0005
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chapter
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9780199687350
The key to the Jewish calendar is Nature and the pattern of sunrise and sunset. Temple procedures were scheduled into a day that began at dawn and for other purposes the day began at ... More
8. Sikhism and the third millennium

8. Sikhism and the third millennium  

Eleanor Nesbitt

in Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2016
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Apr 2016
eISBN: 
9780191807633
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198745570.003.0008
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9780198745570
How is Sikhism viewed today, both within and outside the religion? Terrorism these days is closely associated with religion in popular consciousness. The notion of ‘fundamentalism’ is ... More
5. Weeks and seasons

5. Weeks and seasons  

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

in The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776076
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804990.003.0005
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9780192804990
‘Weeks and seasons’ first considers the week, a fusion of two conceptually different cycles: the planetary week, originally beginning on Saturday, derived from Hellenistic astrology, and ... More
6. Other calendars

6. Other calendars  

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

in The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2005
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776076
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804990.003.0006
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780192804990
‘Other calendars’ considers the calendars from a range of religions and cultures: the modern Jewish calendar based on calculation like the Gregorian, but far more complex, and that evolved ... More
The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction  

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2005
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776076
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192804990.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192804990
Why do we measure time in the way that we do? Why is a week seven days long? At what point did minutes and seconds come into being? Why are some calendars lunar and some solar? The History ... More
The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Hoskin

Print Publication Year: 
May 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775727
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192803061.001.0001
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780192803061
The History of Astronomy: A Very Short Introduction traces the history of Western astronomy, from prehistoric times to the origins of astrophysics in the mid-nineteenth century ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

Eric H. Cline

in Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365654
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195342635.003.0014
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9780195342635
Biblical archaeology has not let on-going debates about David and Solomon and queries over forgeries curb its enthusiasm for its quest for greater clarity in biblical history. The Epilogue ... More
1. The French Revolution, politics, and the modern nation

1. The French Revolution, politics, and the modern nation  

Vanessa Schwartz

in Modern France: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365722
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195389418.003.0002
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9780195389418
‘The French Revolution, politics, and the modern nation’ examines the effects of the French Revolution. The late eighteenth century was a revolutionary time, but in contrast to other ... More

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