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Non-Eratosthenic Astral Myths in the Catasterisms   

Jordi Pàmias
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Espanya
jordi.pamias@uab.cat

Abstract

Two astral myths are studied in order to show that a catasterismic tradition ran parallel to the Eratosthenic one in Antiquity. Eratosthenes absorbed these interpretations into his mythographical handbook by cancelling those elements that contained a religious or a philosophical significance.

Keywords

Eratosthenes. Castasterism. Pythagoreanism. Astral Mythology.

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