Archaeoastronomy in the Roman World

  • Giulio Magli
  • Antonio César González-García
  • Juan Belmonte Aviles
  • Elio Antonello

Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Etruscan Temples and Cosmology

  3. Rome

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. V. F. Polcaro, S. Sclavi, S. Gaudenzi, L. Labianca, M. Ranieri
      Pages 57-66
  4. Roman Towns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. A. César González-García, Andrea Rodríguez-Antón, David Espinosa-Espinosa, Marco V. García Quintela, Juan Belmonte Aviles
      Pages 85-102
    3. Andrea Rodríguez-Antón, Margarita Orfila Pons, A. César González-García, Juan Belmonte Aviles
      Pages 103-120
  5. Roman Provinces

  6. Roman Virtual Archaeology and Archaeoastronomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Manuela Incerti, Gaia Lavoratti, Stefania Iurilli
      Pages 169-186
    3. Georg Zotti, Bernard Frischer, Florian Schaukowitsch, Michael Wimmer, Wolfgang Neubauer
      Pages 187-205

About this book


This book explores the insights that Cultural Astronomy provides into the classical Roman world by unveiling the ways in which the Romans made use of their knowledge concerning the heavens, and by shedding new light on the interactions between astronomy and heritage in ancient Roman culture. Leading experts in the field present fascinating information on how and why the Romans referred to the sky when deciding upon the orientation of particular monuments, temples, tombs and even urban layouts. Attention is also devoted to questions of broader interest, such as the contribution that religious interpretation of the sky made in the assimilation of conquered peoples.
When one considers astronomy in the Roman world it is customary to think of the work and models of Ptolemy, and perhaps the Julian calendar or even the sighting of the Star of Bethlehem. However, like many other peoples in antiquity, the Romans interacted with the heavens in deeper ways that exerted a profound influence on their culture. This book highlights the need to take this complexity into account in various areas of research and will appeal to all those who wish to learn more about the application of astronomy in the lives and architecture of the Romans.


Astronomy and heritage in ancient cultures Ancient Roman archaeoastronomy Cultural Astronomy Astronomical orientations Roman Empire and astronomy Skyscape archaeology Hadrianic architecture Basilica of Porta Maggiore

Editors and affiliations

  • Giulio Magli
    • 1
  • Antonio César González-García
    • 2
  • Juan Belmonte Aviles
    • 3
  • Elio Antonello
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio, Incipit-CSICSantiago de CompostelaSpain
  3. 3.Instituto de Astrofisica de CanariasLa LagunaSpain
  4. 4.INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di BreraMerateItaly

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