Sundial from Athens

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 30 October 2019

A 1st century CE sundial decorated with the likenesses of Helios, Dionysus, and Athena. Sundials were set up both in the public and in the private sphere in ancient Greece.

The reconstructed indicator (gnomon) of the conical sundial is located in the projection of the vertical middle hour line (midday line). The time was read by the endpoint of the shadow cast by this indicator. Marble.

From Athens, Greece; acquired in 1879 CE. It is on display at the Altes Museum in Berlin, Germany.

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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