Thesis ID: CBB671650500

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


Ostrowski, Donald (Advisor)
Fash, William L. (Advisor)
Carmin Giacomo (Author)

Ostrowski, Donald
Fash, William L.
Harvard University
Publication date: 2021
Language: English

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 64

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
Deng, Ke-hui
Steele, John M.
Aldana, Gerardo Villalobos
Aveni, Anthony F.
Bourtembourg, René
Brummelen, Glen Van
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
History of the Human Sciences
Indian Journal of History of Science
Cambridge University Press
University Press of Colorado
Harvard University
University of Chicago Press
World Scientific Publishing Co.
Cross-cultural comparison
Mayan civilization
Hipparchos of Rhodes
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Elias, Norbert
Pliny the Elder
Time Periods
Precolumbian period (America)
9th century

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