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Saturn as the "Sun of Night" in Ancient Near Eastern tradition

  title={Saturn as the "Sun of Night" in Ancient Near Eastern tradition},
  author={M. V. D. Sluijs and P. James},
  • M. V. D. Sluijs, P. James
  • Published 2013
  • Geography
  • This article tackles two issues in the "proto-astronomical" conception of the planet Saturn, first attested in Mesopatamia and followed by the Greeks and Hindus: the long-standing problem of Saturn's baffling association with the Sun: and why Saturn was deemed to be "black". After an extensive consideration of explanations offered from the 5th century to the 21st. as well as some new "thought experiments", we suggest that Saturn's connection with the Sun had its roots in the observations that… CONTINUE READING
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