AT: Of Beauties and Beasts: Mapping the Heavens Since Antiquity

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WritingCultureAcademicLiterature
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Talk
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1 hour
Many cultures visualized the stars as forming heavenly patterns called constellations that reflected issues important to them. The ancient Greeks placed the stars in a coordinate system that was based on celestial latitude and longitude, but they also organized them in a group of constellations that were viewed as allegorical representations of classical Greek heroes, heroines, and monsters. These images formed the backbone of constellation maps that appeared in stunningly beautiful star atlases of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Dr. Kanas will discuss this history of star mapping using striking images from antiquarian sources.
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