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The Astronomer Peasant.

 

 

In the antiquity the position of the luminaries scanned the lilt of the agricultural activities. Let's read this passage from Hesiod.

 

«Order the servants to thrash the sacred ear of Demeter (corn) hardly rises the force of Orion (May). When Orion and Sirius are in the center of the sky and Eos contemplates Arcturus (September) then, oh Perse, pick all the clusters (grapes) and take them to home. And then when the Pleiades, the Hyades and the force of Orion set (November) remember it's the opportune time to furrow.»


Hesiod, Works and Days, 597-617

 


   

Beyond the Pillars of Hercules.

 

Though in the antiquity the Pillars of Hercules (Straits of Gibraltar) were considered the west limit of the world, there were bold men who cross them challenging beliefs and fears.

 

«In the sea beyond the Pillars of Hercules, it is said that the Carthaginians  discovered a desert island, with a rich forest and waterways. It was quite a lot days of navigation away. The Carthaginians disembarked often in it, and some of them even settled there; the rulers of Carthago said that they would have sentenced to death anyone sailed toward the island, and the rulers caused the disappearance of all the inhabitants so that they couldn't blaze information about the island ruining the fortune of Carthago.»


Pseudo - Aristotle, Storie Meravigliose, 84