Ancient Egyptian Calendars

  • Anthony Spalinger
Reference work entry


The study of the Egyptian calendar lends itself to a deeper analysis in which the original system of calendrics was based on the moon and the later one, organized by a simple device of 365 days per year. The latter, originally determined by the sighting of the star Sothis (Sirius) in the east after a period of 70 days of invisibility, is called the Civil Calendar. The change, however, brought with it an alteration in the names of the Egyptian months.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Classics and Ancient HistoryUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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