Star Lore: Myths, Legends, and Facts

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Courier Dover Publications, 2004 - Science - 453 pages
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Generations of readers, stargazers, and fireside dreamers have delighted in this guide to the myths and legends surrounding the stars and constellations. Originally published in 1911, William Tyler Olcott's beloved classic offers captivating retellings of ancient celestial lore from around the world.
"Star Lore" recounts the origins and histories of star groups as well as the stories of individual constellations: Pegasus, the winged horse; Ursa Major, the Greater Bear; the seven daughters of Atlas known as the Pleiades; the hunter Orion, accompanied by his faithful dogs; Canis Major and Canis Minor; the signs of the Zodiac; and minor constellations such as the ship Argo, the Giraffe, and the Unicorn.
Fifty-eight black-and-white images include photographs of the actual stars as well as scenes from their related myths portrayed by Michelangelo, Rubens, Veronese, and other artists. This edition features a new introduction by astronomer Fred Schaaf, in addition to an extensive appendix and index.
  

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Contents

The Origin and History of the Ancient Star Groups
3
The Chained Lady
19
The Water Bearer
29
The Southern Fish
37
The Eagle
43
The Ram
51
The Charioteer
61
The Bear Driver
71
The Kneeler
212
The Water Snake
221
The Lion
229
The Hare
241
The Scales
247
The Scales
249
The Lyre
255
The Serpent Bearer and Serpens the Serpent
265

The Hunting Dogs
81
The Crab
85
The Greater Dog
93
The Lesser Dog
107
The Sea Goat
113
The Lady in the Chair
123
The King
133
The Whale
141
The Northern Crown
147
The Crow
155
The Cup
163
The Swan or The Northern Cross
169
The Dolphin
177
The Dragon
183
The River Po
193
The Twins
199
The Giant Hunter
273
The Flying Horse
289
The Champion
299
The Fishes
307
The Archer
315
The Scorpion
323
The Bull
333
The Greater Bear
345
The Lesser Bear
369
The Virgin
379
The Galaxy or Milky Way
390
The Hyades
399
The Pleiades
405
The Minor Constellations
429
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