scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 2,008
Ancient Greek Astronomy Since the first Egyptian farmers discovered the annual reappearance of Sirius just before dawn a few days before the yearly rising of the Nile ancient civilizations around the Mediterranean have sought to explain the movements of the heavens as a sort of calendar to help guide them conduct earthly activities Counting phases of the moon or observing the annual variations of day length could after many years collection of observations serve as vital indicators for planting and harvesting times safe or stormy season for sailing or time to bring the flocks from winter to summer pastures With our millennia of such observation behind us we sometimes forget that seeing and recording anything less obvious than the rough position of sun or nightly change of moon phase requires inventing both accurate observation tools a stone circle a gnomon used to indicate the suns shadow a means to measure the position of stars in the sky and a system of recording that could be understood by others The ancient Greeks struggled with these problems too using both native technology and inquiry and drawing upon the large body of observations and theories gradually gleaned from their older neighbors across the sea Egypt and Babylonia Gradually moving from a system of gods and divine powers ordering the world to a system of elements mathematics and physical laws the Greeks slowly adapted old ideas to fit into a less supernatural hyper-rational universe As ancient peoples began to realize that sun moon and stars follow certain rhythms in step with the seasons they began to hypothesize that some conscious set of rules must be dictating these movements and seasonal changes that for agrarian or pastoral societies were a matter of life or starvation So to explain the natural phenomena a complicated system of gods interactions with men was born There are hints of the Greek conception of the universe in Homer who mentions many subjects on
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA