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Monday, April 26, 2010

dog star

In the first century AD, the Latin writer Gaius Julius Hyginus wrote a collection of fables regarding the genesis of the constellations. Called the Astronomica, the work (along with its fellow collection, the Fabulae or Fables) are hard to find in translation now. Luckily Theoi.com was able to find a copy and give us access to a collection of myths which, as the site notes, "are not found elsewhere."

And it is there that we find recorded a few versions of how Canis Major and the "dog-star" Sirius supposedly came to be among others in the night sky.

1 comment:

parlance said...

Thanks for the interesting link. I've bookmarked it.