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OVIDIUS NASO Publius, P. Ovidii Nasonis Metamorphoseon

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Mankind’s fascination with eclipses has been going on a long time, since at least November 30th, 3340 BC when Irish Neolithics built an eclipse tracking cairn site and recorded the event in stone.

Loughcrew Cairn, Ireland * someone assumed that it an Eclipse Icon of 3340 BC: world’s oldest known eclipse record.

Astronomical calendar: February, from an English agricultural almanac, c.1420; the man digging represents the labour of the  month; the saints are represented by their symbolic attributes: Brigid (a fleur-de-lys), Blaise (a brasier), Agatha (a sword), Valentine (a bird). (Royal 17 A XVI f.5v). (The British Library)

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Etruscan red figure on white-ground vase depicting a female lyre player ~ circa 450 BC

Calliope, Muse of epic poetry, playing the Lyre - Greek vase, Athenian red figure white-ground pyxis, circa BC

c1870 Dante Alighieri The Divine Comedy Illustrated By Gustave Dore Inferno

ALEKO ALCM815BL Black Ergonomic Office Chair, High Back Mesh Chair with Armrest

Dante Alighieri The Divine Comedy Illustrated By Gustave Dore Inferno

The lyre, or kinnor, like the harp, is frequently mentioned in the book of Psalms, as being a feature of the Levitical orchestra which performs in the Inner Courtyard of the Holy Temple.

The lyre, or kinnor, like the harp, is frequently mentioned in the book of Psalms, as being a feature of the Levitical orchestra which performs in the Inner Courtyard of the Holy Temple

Ten Amazing Caves of the Ancient World

Caves play an important role in the story of humanity. In addition to providing shelter for our earliest ancestors, caves were also often considered to be mystical and magical realms.

Roman writing materials: wax tablet, stylus, and papyrus scroll. Ancient Roman fresco. Location: Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, Italy. Source: Scala / Art Resource, NY

Roman writing materials: wax tablet, stylus, and papyrus scroll.

thought to be the oldest sundial in the world it is carved on a stone outside the tomb of Knoth in County Meath.    The two holes in the center of the image probably held the gnomon (Object used to cast the shadow.)

Ancient megalithic sites of Ireland. Thought to be the world's oldest sundial carved on a stone outside the tomb of Knowth, Co. The two holes in the center of the image probably held the gnomon (object used to cast the shadow).

Ancient Egypt : the life-giving power of the sun. Papyrus from the Book of the Dead. Ptolemaic period. Egyptian Museum, Turin, Italy

Ancient Kemet : the life-giving power of the sun. Papyrus from the Book of the Dead.

| Dunois Master | V The miniature on this leaf comes from a Book of Hours, a type of prayer book used by lay people. It shows scenes from the life of St Stephen, who was the earliest Christian martyr. His life is described in the New Testament book of the Acts of the Apostles. He was accused of speaking blasphemous words against the God of Moses and was taken in front of the Sanhedrin (the highest court of justice and supreme council in ancient Jerusalem). He was stoned to death.

Leaf from a Book of Hours

Manuscript Place of origin: Paris, France (illuminated) Date: ca. (illuminated) Artist/Maker: Dunois Master (illuminator) Materials and Techniques: Water-based pigments, gilding and ink on parchment

Hypatia Hypatia (b. ca. AD 350–370, d. 415[1])was a Greek woman Mathematician. ~ Hypatia’s Astrolabe.

Ancient Greeks invented the Astrolabe in Ancient Greek times by Hipparchus Hypatia Hypatia (b. a Greek woman Mathematician. ~ Hypatia’s Astrolabe.

Game of the Goose (1700s) Simplistic spiral arrangement of game squares in an anonymous board produced in the 1700s

Game of the Goose Simplistic spiral arrangement of game squares in an anonymous board produced in the

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