The Epoch of the Constellations on the Farnese Atlas and Their Origin in Hipparchus's Lost Catalogue

  title={The Epoch of the Constellations on the Farnese Atlas and Their Origin in Hipparchus's Lost Catalogue},
  author={Bradley E. Schaefer},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  pages={167 - 196}
  • B. Schaefer
  • Published 1 May 2005
  • Physics
  • Journal for the History of Astronomy
1. BACKGROUND The Farnese Atlas is a Roman statue depicting the Titan Atlas holding up a celestial globe that displays an accurate representation of the ancient Greek constellations (see Figures 1 and 2). This is the oldest surviving depiction of this set of the original Western constellations, and as such can be a valuable resource for studying their early development. The globe places the celestial fi gures against a grid of circles (including the celestial equator, the tropics, the colures… 

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