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Astronomy of the Ancient Greeks and Mayas: A Comparison of Scientific Observations and Innovation (2021)


The historical narratives regarding the ancient Maya have been extremely inconsistent since colonial days. The early twentieth-century historians’ enthusiastic praise for the genius of the ancient Maya ended with a pendulum swing of reverse sentiment in later writings. The differing perspectives espoused on the ancient Maya historical narratives are in stark contrast to those of the steadier historical analyses associated with the ancient Greeks. It is this contrast that provides the intriguing backdrop to a comparison between a topic of utmost importance to both the ancient Greeks and Mayas: astronomy. The following is such a comparison.

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Authors & Contributors
Steele, John M.
Deng, Ke-hui
Sivin, Nathan
Hari, K. Chandra
Yuan, Min
Tang, Quan
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology
Indian Journal of History of Science
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Cambridge University Press
Harvard University
Cardiff University (United Kingdom
World Scientific Publishing Co.
University Press of Colorado
Cross-cultural comparison
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Hipparchos of Rhodes
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Pliny, the elder
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
Middle and Near East
9th century
Precolumbian period (America)

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