Solar Ibex from Aeolis

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Solar Ibex from Aeolis

Pottery dinos with friezes of grazing wild goats (Ibex). Ancient Greece, Aeolis, 610BC-570BC (circa). Currently in British Museum.

Why Ibexes with swastikas and suns?

Ibex mating season starts in Oct-Nov and ends in Jan, basically spanning the winter season. Which is why Ibex is the symbol of winter.

You can read more about this in my post „Symbols of seasons„.

Right in the middle of the mating periods of both Alpine and Bezoar ibex is Winter Solstice, 21st of December. And the day after the winter solstice is the beginning of the Capricorn (goat) period, which last from December 22 – January 20…

At the Center of the World — Cradle of Civilization

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Dur-Sharrukin The gates of dur-Šarrukin Dur-Sharrukin („Fortress of Sargon“), present day Khorsabad, was the Assyrian capital established on the virgin soil by Sargon II of Assyria (721–705 BC). Khorsabad is a village in northern Iraq, 15 km northeast of Mosul. The great city was entirely built in the decade preceding 706 BC. Sargon II ruled […]

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A disservice to the history of Islamic Astronomy — The Renaissance Mathematicus

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In an article on their website about their history Astronomy magazine claims to be the greatest magazine about astronomy in the world. If this were the case, one would expect them to maintain a high level of journalism and fact checking in the articles that they present to their readers. Unfortunately in at least one case […]

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The emergence of modern astronomy – a complex mosaic: Part III — The Renaissance Mathematicus

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Although I dealt with the special case of Vienna and the 1st Viennese School of Mathematics in the first post of this series, it is now time to turn to the general history of the fifteenth-century university and the teaching of astronomy. Although the first, liberal arts, degree at the medieval university theoretically encompassed the […]

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Islamic Astronomy from “Star Wars” to Star Tables — The Muslim Times

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By: Glen M. Cooper The most obvious difference between modern and Islamic astronomy is that the latter is primarily mathematical and predictive, and the former has other observational goals, such as describing the physics of other worlds. *** [Note of the Editing Manager] This article was originally published in Viewpoint: The British Society for the […]

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The Galileo Circus is in town — The Renaissance Mathematicus

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The ‘sensational’ #histSTM news of last week was that a new ‘lost’/‘hidden’ Galileo letter has been discovered in the Royal Society archives. As some people have pointed out, as it was archived and catalogued it wasn’t exactly ‘lost’ or ‘hidden’, but that is not what I am going to write about here. As the Internet’s […]

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