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A Linguistical Analysis of Ancient Celtic Languages
Article by Helene Perdicoyianni-Paleologou

A Linguistical Analysis of Ancient Celtic Languages

The Celtic languages form a branch of the Indo-European (IE) language family. They derive from Proto-Celtic and are divided into Continental Celtic languages (Lepontic, Gaulish, Galatian, Noric, Celtiberian, Gallaecian) and Insular Celtic...
Galileo's Map of the Moon
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Galileo's Map of the Moon

A map of the Moon's surface by Galileo (1564-1642), drawn using a telescope the astronomer had built himself. The uneven line of shadow aided Galileo in identifying the nature of the Moon's surface and the approximate size of its mountains...
The Sun & the Moon in Norse Myth
Article by Irina-Maria Manea

The Sun & the Moon in Norse Myth

In Norse mythology, the Sun and the Moon appear as personified siblings pulling the heavenly bodies and chased by wolves, or as plain objects. Written sources, such as the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, have surprisingly little to say about...
Selene
Definition by Liana Miate

Selene

Selene (also known as Mene) is the personification and goddess of the moon in Greek mythology. Every night, she travels across the sky in her chariot, pulling the moon behind her. Selene is the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. She...
The Athenian Calendar
Article by Christopher Planeaux

The Athenian Calendar

The term “Athenian Calendar” (also called the “Attic Calendar”) has become somewhat of a misnomer, since Ancient Athenians never really used just one method to reckon the passage of time. Athenians, especially from the 3rd Century BCE forward...
Aristarchus of Samos
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Aristarchus of Samos

Aristarchus of Samos (l. c. 310 - c. 230 BCE) was a Greek astronomer who first proposed a heliocentric model of the universe in which the sun, not the earth, was at the center. Although his theory was noted by other thinkers of his time...
Nanna
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Nanna

Nanna (also known as Nannar, Nanna-Suen, Sin, Asimbabbar, Namrasit, Inbu) is the Mesopotamian god of the moon and wisdom. He is one of the oldest gods in the Mesopotamian pantheon and is first mentioned at the very dawn of writing in Sumer...
Bust of Mên, the Moon God of Anatolia
Image by Carole Raddato

Bust of Mên, the Moon God of Anatolia

Bust of Mên, the Moon God worshipped in the western interior parts of Anatolia. He wears the Phrygian cap and the crescent moon seem to emerge from his shoulders. Roman period (Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara).
God Creating the Sun, Moon & Planets, Sistine Chapel
Image by Michelangelo

God Creating the Sun, Moon & Planets, Sistine Chapel

A panel from ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Rome. The panel shows God creating the Sun, Moon and planets. The ceiling was created between 1508 and 1512 CE by the Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo (1475-1564 CE) and shows...
Chang'e Flees to the Moon
Image by The Trustees of the British Museum

Chang'e Flees to the Moon

Colour woodblock print by Yoshitoshi from 19th century CE Japan, showing the Chinese woman Chang'e journeying to the moon, where she becomes the deity Xi Wang Mu, the "Queen Mother of the West".
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