Myths, Symbols and Legends of Solar System Bodies

  • Rachel Alexander

Part of the The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE, volume 177)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
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About this book


This book is an amateur astronomer’s guide to the mythology and symbolism associated with the celestial bodies in the Solar System, and even includes some of the legendary tales of people who had or have a connection with these objects. It explores different cultures (for example, the Greco-Roman and the Norse) and different times and how stories were used to explain the worlds they saw above them. You’d be amazed how much of our world today reflects the myths and stories of these cultures!

 Most amateur astronomers are familiar with the various Solar System objects, but they will be only peripherally aware of what ancient cultures thought of these other worlds. In fact, the mythology of the planets challenges many twenty-first century concepts and beliefs There are other books available on astromythology, but this one focuses mostly on our own Solar System, as opposed to the constellations and deep sky objects.

 Alexander offers a new angle on timeless subjects and is exciting, informative and dramatic, as well as surprisingly relevant to everyday life. Find out for yourself how our modern world is steeped in the bygone worlds of yesteryear.


Ancient Mythology Astronomical Mythology Definition Astromythology Etymology of Planets Greco-Roman Mythology Greek Mythology History of Astronomy Planet Names Planetary Mythology and Legends Roman Mythology

Authors and affiliations

  • Rachel Alexander
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  1. 1.ExeterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7066-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7067-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6562
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