Greek astronomy is astronomy written in the Greek language in classical antiquity. Greek astronomy is understood to include the ancient Greek, Hellenistic, Greco-Roman, and Late Antiquity eras. It is not limited geographically to Greece or to ethnic Greeks, as the Greek language had become the language of scholarship throughout the Hellenistic world following the conquests of Alexander. This phase of Greek astronomy is also known as Hellenistic astronomy, while the pre-Hellenistic phase is known as Classical Greek astronomy. During the Hellenistic and Roman periods, much of the Greek and non-Greek astronomers working in the Greek tradition studied at the Musaeum and the Library of Alexandria in Ptolemaic Egypt.
The development of astronomy by the Greek and Hellenistic astronomers is considered by historians to be a major phase in the history of astronomy. Greek astronomy is characterized from the start by seeking a rational, physical explanation for celestial phenomena. Most of the constellations of the northern hemisphere derive from Greek astronomy, as are the names of many stars and planets. It was influenced by Babylonian and, to a lesser extent, Egyptian astronomy; in turn, it influenced Indian, Arabic-Islamic and Western European astronomy.
Read more about Greek Astronomy: Archaic Greek Astronomy, Calendars, Eudoxan Astronomy, Astronomy in The Greco-Roman and Late Antique Eras, Influence On Indian Astronomy, Sources For Greek Astronomy, Famous Astronomers of Antiquity
Other articles related to "greek astronomy, astronomy":
... following list of people who worked on mathematical astronomy or cosmology may be of interest ...
Famous quotes containing the words astronomy and/or greek:
“It is noticed, that the consideration of the great periods and spaces of astronomy induces a dignity of mind, and an indifference to death.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
“That is a very good question. I dont know the answer. But can you tell me the name of a classical Greek shoemaker?”
—Arthur Miller (b. 1915)