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Mysteries and Discoveries of Archaeoastronomy

by Giulio Magli

Mysteries and Discoveries of Archaeoastronomy Synopsis

The book is divided into two parts. In the first, the reader is taken on an ideal 'world tour' of many wonderful and enigmatic places in almost every continent, in search of traces of astronomical knowledge and lore of the sky. In the second part, Giulio Magli uses the elements presented in the tour to show that the fundamental idea which led to the construction of the astronomically-related giant monuments was the foundation of power, a foundation which was exploited by 'replicating' the sky. A possible interpretive model then emerges that is founded on the relationship the ancients had with nature , in the sense of everything that surrounded them, the cosmos. The numerous monumental astronomically aligned structures of the past then become interpretable as acts of will, expressions of power on the part of those who held it; the will to replicate the heavenly plane here on earth and to build sacred landscapes. Finally, having formulated his hypothesis, Professor Magli returns to visit one specific place in detail, searching for proof. This in-depth examination studies the most compelling, the most intensively studied, the most famous and, until recently, the most misunderstood sacred landscape on the planet - Giza, in Egypt. The archaeoastronomical analysis of the orientation of the Giza pyramids leads to the hypothesis that the pyramids of Cheops and Chephren belong to the same construction project.

Mysteries and Discoveries of Archaeoastronomy Press Reviews

From the reviews: Magli ... a theoretical physicist by training, turned to archeoastronomy a decade ago, the topic that marries astronomy to architecture, landscape, ancient astronomical lore, and culture. In this work, a translation of the 2005 Italian version, the author begins with what might be considered standard subjects for archeoastronomy: a survey of a wide range of ancient cultures and their remnants ... . Two appendixes ... and excellent line drawings and photographs are useful. ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers. (M.-K. Hemenway, Choice, Vol. 47 (2), October, 2009) Professor Magli ... graduated to relativistic astrophysics, before 'seeing the light'. His book ... takes us on a guided tour of the world's archaeoastronomical monuments. ... His book is a comprehensive, well-illustrated, well-referenced, easily accessible intellectual joy. ... The constructors of Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids lived only a hundred or so generations ago. ... The quest to understand their astronomy, their minds, and their motivations is difficult and rewarding and worthy of encouragement. ... Magli's excellent book is an ideal place to start. (David W. Hughes, The Observatory, Vol. 129 (1213), December, 2009)

Book Information

ISBN: 9781493939077
Publication date: 23rd August 2016
Author: Giulio Magli
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 444 pages
Categories: Astronomy, space & time, Popular astronomy & space, History of science, Archaeology,

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