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This booklet bargains a close and interesting photograph of the wonderful astronomical wisdom on which the Roman calendar, frequently attributed to the king Numa Pompilius (reign 715-673 B.C.), was once established. this information, of Mesopotamian origins, comparable in most cases to the planetary events and to the incidence of eclipses within the sunlight process. the writer explains the Numan 12 months and cycle and illustrates in actual fact how astronomical phenomena exerted a robust impact over either private and non-private existence. a sequence of concise chapters study the dates of the Roman gala's, describe the comparable rites and myths and position the fairs in terms of the planetary pursuits and astronomical occasions. detailed reference is made to the routine of the moon and Venus, their relation to the language of fable, and the actual value that Venus used to be thought of to have for lady fertility. The publication essentially demonstrates the intensity of astronomical wisdom mirrored within the Roman non secular calendar and the certain festive days. it is going to charm either to discovered connoisseurs and to amateurs with a selected curiosity within the topic.

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Of lunations Day of the Sun’s passage via a node—Day of lunation = variety of days among the Sun’s passage via a node and the lunation Eclipse day (rounded up or right down to the closest day) Numan cycle day, month and yr Numan calendar dinner party day 27/158 4,679. 37 - 4,665. eighty three = +13. fifty four 4,666 2 Dec. thirteen 1. 12. Neptunus 27/159 4,679. 37 - 4,695. 37 = -16. 00 4,695 2 Jan. thirteen three. -5. 1. Laralia 28/164 4,852. sixty eight 2 4,843. 02 = +9. sixty six 4,843 2 Jun. 14 1. 6. Iunoni Monetae 29/170 5,025. ninety nine 2 5,020. 20 = +5. seventy nine 5,020 1 Dec. 14 Neptuno 30/176 5,199. 30 2 5,197. 39 = +1. ninety one 5,197 10 may possibly 15 nine. -11. -13. five. LEMURIA 31/182 5,372. sixty one 2 5,374. fifty seven = 21. ninety six 5,374 7 Nov. 15 four. -17. eleven. Ludi Plebei 32/188 5,545. ninety two 2 5,551. seventy five = 25. eighty three 5,552 10 may perhaps sixteen nine. -11. -13. five. LEMURIA 33/194 5,719. 23 2 5,728. ninety four = 29. seventy one 5,729 7 Nov. sixteen four. -17. eleven. Ludi Plebei 34/199 5,892. fifty four - 5,876. fifty nine = +15. ninety five 5,876 sixteen Mar. 17 Annae P. /IDUS IOVI 34/200 5,892. fifty four - 5,906. 12 = -13. fifty eight 5,906 15 Apr. 17 FORDICIDIA 35/205 6,065. eighty five - 6,053. seventy seven = +12. 12 6,054 14 Sep. 17 thirteen. nine. IOVI EPULUM 15. 10. Octob. Eq. /IDUS IOVI 35/206 6,065. eighty five - 6,083. 30 = -17. forty five 6,083 14 Oct. 17 36/211 6,239. sixteen 2 6,230. ninety six = +8. 20 6,231 sixteen Mar. 18 15. three. Annae P. /IDUS IOVI 37/217 6,412. forty seven 2 6,408. 14 = +4. 33 6,408 thirteen Sep. 18 IOVI EPULUM 38/223 6,585. seventy eight 2 6,585. 32 = +0. forty six 6,585 15 Mar. 19 Annae Peren. /IDUS IOVI desk 15. 2 Lunar eclipses within the Saros cycle and the preliminary 19 years of the Numan cycle A B C D E No. of the Sun’s passages via a node/No. of lunation midpoints Day of the Sun’s passage via a node—Day of lunation midpoint = variety of days among the Sun’s passage via a node and the lunation midpoint Eclipse day (rounded up or all the way down to the closest day) Numan cycle day, month and yr Numan calendar banquet day 1/5. five 173. 31 - 162. forty two = +0. 89 162 eleven Aug. 01 10. eight. Opis et Cereris 2/11. five 346. sixty two - 339. 60 = +7. 02 340 thirteen Feb. 01 Parentalia/IDUS IOVI 3/17. five 519. ninety three - 516. seventy nine = +3. sixteen 517 eleven Aug. 02 10. eight. Opis et Cereris 4/23. five 693. 24 2 693. ninety seven = 20. seventy three 694 12 Feb. 02 thirteen. 2. Parentalia/IDUS IOVI (continued) 82 15 The Frequency of sunlight and Lunar Eclipses … desk 15. 2 (continued) A B C D E No. of the Sun’s passages via a node/No. of lunation midpoints Day of the Sun’s passage via a node—Day of lunation midpoint = variety of days among the Sun’s passage via a node and the lunation midpoint Eclipse day (rounded up or all the way down to the closest day) Numan cycle day, month and yr Numan calendar banquet day 5/29. five 866. fifty five 2 871. 15 = 24. 60 871 19 Jul. 03 LUCARIA 6/35. five 1,039. 86 - 1,048. 34 = -8. forty eight 1,048 18 Jan. 03 *** 7/41. five 1,213. 17 - 1,225. fifty two = -12. 35 1,225 18 Jul. 04 19. 7. LUCARIA 8/46. five 1,386. forty eight - 1,373. 17 = +13. 31 1,373 17 Dec. 04 SATURNALIA 9/52. five 1,559. seventy nine - 1,550. 36 = +9. forty three 1,550 25 may well 05 Fortunae Publicae 10/58. five 1,733. 10 2 1,727. fifty four = +5. fifty six 1,728 22 Nov. 05 *** 11/64. five 1,906. forty-one 2 1,904. seventy two = +1. sixty nine 1,905 25 may possibly 06 Fortunae Publicae 12/70. five 2,079.

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