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Comet Of 44 BC and Caesar's Funeral Games (John T Ramsey A Lewis Licht) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1997) 9780788502743
Comet Of 44 BC and Caesar's Funeral Games (John T Ramsey A Lewis Licht) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1997) 9780788502743
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Title: The Comet Of 44 BC and Caesar's Funeral Games

Author: Ramsey, John T A Lewis Licht

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1997

Paperback; ISBN: 9780788502743

Volumes: 1; Pages: 256

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Using insights from physics and classics, this book explores the social and cultural implications of the spectacular, daylight comet that was observed in 44 B.C. during the games that the future emperor Augustus gave in honor of the late Julius Caesar.Table of ContentsIllustrations Foreword Preface Abbreviations Ch. I Introduction Ch. II The Prevailing View of the Celebration in 45 B.C. & the Evidence of Ad Atticum XIII 44 Mommsen's Theory Weinstock's Theory The Evidence of Ad Atticum XIII 44 Presentation of Cicero's Academica to Varro Brutus' Journey Letters from Astura The ludi Apollinares in 45 B.C. The Date of Ad Atticum XIII 44 Revised Chronology of Mid-July to 1 August Ch. III The Transformation of the Ludi Veneris Genetricis into the Ludi Victoriae Caesaris The Arguments against Moving the Games in 45 B.C. The Arguments for Moving the Games in 44 B.C. Nature of the Celebration in 44 B.C. Scale of the Celebration in 44 and Later History Ch. IV The Ancient Accounts of the Comet of 44 B.C. The Historical Reality of Caesar's Comet The Observations of Caesar's Comet The Chinese Sighting The Roman Sighting Intermediate Sightings? Ch. V The Troubling Silence of our Sources The Sighting in May Eruption of Mt. Etna The Sighting in July Missing Chinese Report Silence of Cicero Probability of the Two Sightings Being Attested by Both Western and Far Eastern Sources Ch. VI The Probable Orbit of Comet Caesar The July Outburst The Comet's Path as Seen from the Earth Identifying the Comet Ch. VII The Interpretation of Caesar's Comet as a Positive Omen Statement of the Problem Physical Appearance of the Comet and Contemporary Debate Concerning its Classification Astrological Interpretations of Comets The Sidus Iulium and Octavian's Birth Sign Capricorn I Greco-Roman Sources II The Date of the Dedication of the Temple of Venus Genetrix in 46 B.C. III The Date of the ludi Veneris Genetricis in 46 B.C. IV The Description of Caesar as Victory's "Neighbor" V Parallels between Augustus' Memoirs and Later Sources VI Was the sidus Iulium Perhaps a Nova or Supernova? VII Was There a Solar Eclipse Visible from Rome in 44 B.C.? VIII The Determination of a Parabolic Orbit from Two Sightings and Perihelion Distance Bibliography I. Names and Subjects II. Greek Words III. Sources
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