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The remarkable science of ancient astronomy

Schaefer, B. E. (Bradley E.), (onscreen presenter.). Teaching Company, (production company.).

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781629973685
  • ISBN: 1629973688
  • Physical Description: videodisc
    4 videodiscs (approximately 720 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 inches + 1 course guidebook (vi, 268 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm) and 1 transcript book (vi, 552 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm).
  • Publisher: Chantilly, Virginia : The Teaching Company, [2017]

Content descriptions

General Note: Title from disc labels.
24 lectures, 30 minutes per lecture.
Course no. 1866.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Course guidebook contains bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: Disc 1. Stonehenge and archaeoastronomy ; The real Stonehenge ; Alignments at Maes Howe and Newgrange; Astronomy of Egypt's Great Pyramid ; Chaco Canyon and Anasazi astronomy ; Ancient cosmologies and worldviews -- Disc 2. Meteorite worship and start of the Iron Age ; Eclipses, comets, and omens ; The star of Bethlehem ; Origins of Western constellations ; Chinese and other non-Western constellations ; Origins and influence of astrology -- Disc 3. Tracking planet positions and conjunctions ; Ancient timekeeping and calendars ; The lunar crescent and the Islamic calendar ; Ancient navigation: Polynesian to Viking ; Breakthroughs of early Greek astronomy ; The genius of Hipparchus -- Disc 4. Revealing the Antikythera mechanism ; How the Antikythera mechanism worked ; Achievements and legacy of Ptolemy ; Star catalogs from around the world ; How ancent astronomy ended ; Ancient astronomy and modern astrophysics.
Participant or Performer Note: Taught by Bradley E. Schaefer.
Summary, etc.: Learn how ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Indians, Chinese, and other cultures saw the sky and how the sun, moon, and stars were their clock, calendar, and compass. Constellations encoded their mythologies and the perfection of the heavens inspired religious and philosophical ideas, ultimately laying the foundation for modern science.
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Language Note:
Subject: Astronomy, Ancient
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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