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CONSTANTINUS, pope from 708 to 715, was a Syrian by birth and was consecrated pope in March 708. He was eager to assert the supremacy of the papal see; at the command of the emperor Justinian II. hg visited Constantinople; and he died on the 9th concentric annuli, the northern ones in an inner annulus sub-divided into 6o degrees, the zodiacal ones into a medial annulus of 120 degrees, and the southern ones into an outer annulus of 240 degrees. Brown has suggested a correlation of the Euphratean names with those of the Greeks and moderns. His results may be exhibited in the following form:—the central line gives the modern equivalents of the names in the Euphratean zodiac; the upper line the modern equivalents of the northern paranatellons; and the lower line those of the southern paranatellons. The zodiacal constellations have an interest peculiarly their own; placed in or about the plane of the ecliptic, their rising and setting with the sun was observed with relation to weather changes and the more general subject of chronology, the twelve subdivisions of the year being correlated with the twelve divisions of the ecliptic (see ZODIAC). lation to weather changes. The earliest Greek work which purported to treat the constellations qua constellations, of which we have certain knowledge, is the caevoµeva of Eudoxus of Cnidus (c. 403–350 B.C.). The original is lost, but a versification by Aratus (c. 270 B.C.), a poet at the court of Antigonus Gonatas, king of Macedonia, and an'EE7'y7o-ts or commentary by Hipparchus, are extant. In the ~atvoµeva of Aratus 44 constellations are enumerated, viz. 19 northern:—Ursa major, Ursa minor, Bootes, Draco, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Perseus, Triangulum, Pegasus, Delphinus, Auriga, Hercules, Lyra, Cygnus, Aquila, Sagitta, Corona and Serpentarius; 13 central or zodiacal:—Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius, Pisces and the Pleiades; and 12 southern:—Orion, Canis, Lepus, Argo, Cetus, Eridanus, Piscis australis, Ara, Centaurus, Hydra, Crater and Northern. Cassiopeia Auriga Cepheus Ursa minor Ursa major Bootes Serpentarius Hercules Lyra Aquila Pegasus Andromeda Zodiacal . Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricornus Aquarius Pisces Southern . Eridanus Orion Canis major Argo Hydra Corvus Centaurus Lupus Ara 2 Piscis Cetus Crater australis The Phoenicians—a race dominated by the spirit of commercial enterprise—appear to have studied the stars more especially with respect to their service to navigators; according to Hpmer " the stars were sent by Zeus as portents for mariners." But all their truly astronomical writings are lost, and only by a somewhat speculative piecing together of scattered evidences can an estimate of their knowledge be formed. The inter-relations of the Phoenicians with the early Hellenes were frequent and far-reaching, and in the Greek presentation of the legends concerning constellations a distinct Phoenician, and in turn Euphratean, element appears. One of the earliest examples of Greek literature extant, the Theogonia of Hesiod (c. Boo B.C.), appears to be a curious blending of Hellenic and Phoenician thought. Although not an astronomical work, several constellation subjects are introduced. In the same author's Works and Days, a treatise which is a sort of shepherd's calendar, there are distinct references to the Pleiades, Hyades, Orion, Sirius and Arcturus. It cannot be argued, however, that these were the only stars and constellations named in his time; the omission proves nothing. The same is true of the Homeric epics wherein the Pleiades, Hyades, Ursa major, Orion and Bootes are mentioned, and also of the stars and constellations mentioned in Job. Further support is given to the view that, in the main, the constellations were transmitted to the Greeks by the Phoenicians from Euphratean sources in the fact that Thales, the earliest Greek astronomer of any note, was of Phoenician descent. According to Callimachus he taught the Greeks to steer by Ursa minor instead of Ursa major; and other astronomical observations are assigned to him. But his writings are lost, as is also the case with those of Phocus the Samian, and the history of astronomy by Eudemus, the pupil of Aristotle; hence the paucity of our knowledge of Thales's astronomical learning. From the 6th century B.C. onwards, legends concerning the constellation subjects were frequently treated by the historians and poets. Aglaosthenes or Agaosthenes, an early writer, knew Ursa minor as Kvvovovpa, Cynosura, and recorded the translation of Aquila; Epimenides the Cretan (c. 600 s.c.) recorded the translation of Capricornus and the star Capella; Pherecydes of Athens (c. 500–450 B.C.) recorded the legend of Orion, and stated the astronomical fact that when Orion sets Scorpio rises; Aeschylus (525–456 B.C.) and Hellanicus of Mytilene (c. 496–411 B.c.) narrate the legend of the seven Pleiades—the daughters of Atlas; and the latter states that the Hyades are named either from their orientation, which resembles v (upsilon), "or because at their rising or setting Zeus rains "; and Hecataeus of Miletus (c. 470 B.C.) treated the legend of the Hydra. In the 5th century B.C. the Athenian astronomer Euctemon, according to Geminus of Rhodes, compiled a weather calendar in which Aquarius, Aquila, Canis major, Corona, Cygnus, Delphinus, Lyra, Orion, Pegasus, Sagitta and the asterisms Hyades and Pleiades are mentioned, always, however, in re- Corvus. In this enumeration Serpens is included in Serpentarius and Lupus in Centaurus; these two constellations were separated by Hipparchus and, later, by Ptolemy. On the other hand, Aratus kept the Pleiades distinct from Taurus, but Hipparchus reduced these stars to an asterism. Aratus was no astronomer, while Hipparchus was; and from the fact that the latter adopted, with but trifling exceptions, the constellation system portrayed by Aratus, it may be concluded that the system was already familiar in Greek thought. And three hundred years after Hipparchus, the Alexandrian astronomer Ptolemy adopted a very similar scheme in his uranometria, which appears in the seventh and eighth books of his Almagest, the catalogue being styled the "Eic8eots aavovucit or " accepted version." The Almagest has a dual interest: first, being the work of one primarily a commentator, it presents a crystallized epitome of all earlier knowledge; and secondly, it has served as a basis of subsequent star-catalogues.' The Ptolemaic catalogue em-braces only those stars which were visible at Rhodes in the time of Hipparchus (c. 150 B.C.), the results being corrected for precession " by increasing the longitudes by 2° 40', and leaving the latitudes undisturbed " (Francis Baily, Mem. R.A.S., 1843). The names and orientation of the constellations therein adopted are, with but few exceptions, identical with those used at the present day; and as it cannot be doubted that Ptolemy made only very few modifications in the system of Hipparchus, the names were adopted at least three centuries before the Almagest was compiled. The names in which Ptolemy differs from modern usage are: Hercules (Ev yovao-tv), Cygnus ("Opals), Eridanus (]loraµos), Lupus (O17Piov), Pegasus ("Iaaos), Equuleus ("Ilraov aporoµil ), Canis minor (llporcuwv), and Libra (XrjXai., although 'uyos is used for the same constellation in other parts of the Almagest). The following table gives the names of the constellations as they occur in (1) modern catalogues; (2) Ptolemy (A.D. 150); (3) Ulugh Beg (1437); (4) Tycho Brahe (1628); the last column gives the English equivalent of the modern name. The reverence and authority which was accorded the famous compilation of the Alexandrian astronomer is well evidenced by the catalogue of the Tatar Ulugh Beg, the Arabian names there adopted being equivalent to the Ptolemaic names in nearly every case; this is also shown in the Latin translations given below. Tycho Brahe, when compiling his catalogue of stars, was unable to observe Lupus, Ara, Corona australis and Piscis australis, on account of the latitude of Uranienburg; and hence these constellations are omitted from his catalogue. He diverged from Ptolemy when he placed the asterisms Coma Berenices and Antinous upon the level of formal constellations, Ptolemy having ' The historical development of star-catalogues in general, regarded as statistics of the co-ordinates, &c., of stars, is given in the historical section of the article ASTRONOMY. See also E. B. Knobel, " Chronology of Star Catalogues," Item. R.A.S.(1877). Modern. Ptolemy. Ulugh Beg. Tycho Brahe. Meaning. s Ursa minor "ApKrov jwcpas dITEpLO'µbs Stellae Ursi minoris Ursa minor, Cynosura Little Bear o Ursa major "ApKTOV µeyaXns „ „ Ursi majoris Ursa major, Helice •Great Bear ., Draco Ap6KOVTOS Draconis Draco Dragon c Cepheus Kncbws „ „ Cephei Cepheus Cepheus 3 Bootes Botrov „ „ Vociferatoris Bootes, Arctophylax Ploughman o Corona borealis Fir€4 you 5opdoV „ „ Coronae or Phecca Corona borea Northern Crown z Hercules Too iv ybvavev „ „ Incumbentis genubus Engonasi, Hercules Man kneeling Lyra Abpas 7t „ ro3Shelyak or Testudo Lyra, Vultur cadens Lyre Cygnus "OpvcOos „ „ Gallinae Olor, Cygnus Bird, Swan Cassiopeia Kao'o'LE7retas „ „ Inthronatae Cassiopeia Cassiopeia Perseus IIEpvEws „ Bershaush or Portans Perseus Perseus Auriga 'HvtbXou „ Caput Larvae Auriga, Heniochus, Erichthonius Charioteer Serpentarius 'O4eobxov „ Tenentis habenas Ophiuchus, Serpentarius Serpent-holder Serpens "Opewsbr/iwGXov Serpentarii Serpens ophiuchi Serpent Sagitta Otoro" „ Serpentis Sagitta or Telum Arrow Aquila AErov „ Sagittae Aquila or Vultur volans Eagle Delphinus AEX¢Yvos „ Aquilae Delphinus Dolphin Equuelus "Irrov rporoAs „ „ Delphini Equuleus, Equi sectio Colt Pegasus "Irrou „ Sectionis egni Pegasus, Equus alatus Pegasus, Horse Andromeda 'AvSpoµESas Equi majoris Andromeda Andromeda Triangulum Tptywvou „ „ Mulieris catenatae Triangulus, Deltoton Triangle „ Trianguli N Aries Kpwv” „ •Arietis Aries Ram m Taurus Tabpou „ Tauri Taurus Bull a Gemini AtSGµwv „ „ Gemellorum Gemini Twins o Cancer KapKtvov „ „ Cancri Cancer Crab o Leo Aeovros „ Leonis Leo Lion N Virgo IIapBEVOV Virginis, Sumbela Virgo Virgin Libra X,Xav Librae Libra Balance Scorpio EKOpriov ,, „ Scorpionis Scorpius Scorpion Sagittarius Totbrov „ „ Sagittarii, Arcum Sagittarius Archer Capricornus Ai 'OKEpwros „ Capricorni Capricornus Goat Aquarius 'TSpoxbov „ „ Effusoris aquae, Situla Aquarius Water-pourer Pisces 'IXBuwv „ Piscis Pisces Fishes v, Cetus Kip-our „ Ceti Cete Sea-monster, 8 Orion 'Slpiovos „ Gigantis Orion Whale Eridanus IIorapou” „ Fluminis Eridanus fluvius Orion Lepus Aaygwu „ „ Leporis Lepus River Canis major Kuvbs „ „ Canis majoris Canis major Hare Canis minor IIpoKUVbs „ Canis minoris Canis minor, Procyon Great Dog Argo Apyous „ Navis Argo navis Little Dog Hydra "TSpov „ Hydri Hydra Ship Crater Kpari pos „ „ Craterae Crater Sea-serpent Corvus KbpaKos „ Corvi Corvus Bowl Centaurus Kevraipou „ „ Centauri Centaurus, Chiron Crow Lupus Onplou „ Ferae Centaur Ara OvinaTnptov „ Thuribuli Wild beast Corona australis Erecavou vortov „ „ Coronae australis Censer, Altar Piscis australis 'IXBuos vortov „ „ Piscis australis Southern Crown Fish regarded these asterisms as unformed stars (aµopgwroc). The next innovator of moment was Johann Bayer, a German astronomer, who published a Uranometria in 1603, in which twelve constellations, all in the southern hemisphere, were added to Ptolemy's forty-eight, viz. Apis (or Musca) (Bee), Avis Indica (Bird of Paradise), Chameleon, Dorado (Sword-fish), Grus (Crane), Hydrus (Water-snake), Indus (Indian), Pavo (Peacock), Phoenix, Piscis volans (Flying fish), Toucan, Triangulum australe. According to W. Lynn (Observatory, 1886, p. 255), Bayer adapted this part of his catalogue from the observations of the Dutch navigator Petrus Theodori (or Pieter Dirchsz Keyser), who died in 1596 off Java. The Coelum stellarum Christianum of Julius Schiller (1627) is noteworthy for the attempt made to replace the names connoting mythological and pagan ideas by the names of apostles, saints, popes, bishops, and other dignitaries of the church, &c. Aries became St Peter; Taurus, St Andrew; Andromeda, the Holy Sepulchre; Lyra, the Manger; Canis major, David; and so on. This innovation (with which the introduction of the twelve apostles into the solar zodiac by the Venerable Bede may be compared) was short-lived. According to Charles Hutton [Math. Dict. i. 328 (1795)] the editions published in 1654 and 1661 had reverted to the Greek names; on the other hand, Camille Flammarion (Popular Astronomy, p. 375) quotes an illuminated folio of 1661, which represents " the sky delivered from pagans and peopled with Christians.” A similar confusion was attempted by E. Weigelius, who sought to introduce a Coelum heraldicum, in which the constellations were figured as the arms or insignia of European dynasties, and by symbols of commerce. In Edmund Halley's southern catalogue (Catalogus stellarum australium), published in 1679 and incorporated in Flamsteed's Historia coelestis (1725), the following constellations are named:—Piscis australis, Columba Noachi, Argo navis, Robur Caroli, Ara, Corona australis, Grus, Phoenix, Pavo, Apt-3 or Avis Indica, Musca apis, Chameleon, Triangulum australe, Piscis volans, Dorado or Xiphias, Toucan or Anser Americanus, and Hydrus. Flamsteed's maps also contained Mons Menelai. This list contains nothing new except Robur Caroli, since Columba Noachi (Noah's dove) had been raised to the skies by Bartschius in 1624. The constellation Robur Caroli and also the star Cor Caroli (a Canum Venaticorum) were named by Halley in honour of Charles II. of England. In 1690 two posthumous works of Johann Hevelius (161I-1687), the Firmamentum sobiescianum and Prodromus astronomiae, added several new constellations to the list, viz. Canes venatici (the Greyhounds), Lacerta (the Lizard), Leo minor (Little Lion), Lynx, Sextans Uraniae, Scutum or Clypeus Sobieskii (the shield of Sobieski), Vulpecula et Anser (Fox and Goose), Cerberus, Camelopardus (Giraffe), and Monoceros (Unicorn); the last two were originally due to Jacobus Bartschius. In 1679 Augustine Royer introduced the most interesting of the constellations of the southern hemisphere, the Crux australis or Southern Cross. He also suggested Nubes major, Nubes minor, and Lilium, and re-named Canes venatici the river Jordan, and Vulpecula et Anser the river Tigris, but these innovations met with no approval. The Magellanic clouds, a collection of nebulae, stars and star-clusters in the neighbourhood of the south pole, were so named by Hevelius in honour of the navigator Ferdinand Magellan. Many other star-groupings have been proposed from time to time; in some cases a separate name has been given. to a part of an authoritatively accepted constellation, e.g. Ensis Orionis, the sword of Orion, or an ancient constellation may be subdivided, e.g. Argo (ship) into Argo, Malus (mast), Vela (sails), Puppis (stern), Carina (keel); and whereas some of the rearrangements, which have been mostly confined to the southern hemisphere, have been accepted, many, reflecting nothing but idiosyncrasies of the proposers, have deservedly dropped into oblivion. Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, who made extended observations of the southern stars in 1751 and in the following years, and whose results were embodied in his posthumous Coelum australe steltiferum (1763), introduced the following new constellations:—Apparatus sculptoris (Sculptor's workshop), Fornax chemica (Chemical furnace), Horologium (Clock), Reticulus rhomboidalis (Rhomboidal net), Caela sculptoris (Sculptor's chisels), Equuleus pictoris (Painter's easel), Pyxis nautica (Mariner's compass), Antlia pneumatica :(Air pump), Octans (Octant), Circinus (Compasses), Norma alias Quadra Euclidis (Square), Telescopium (Telescope), Microscopium (Microscope) and Mons Mensae (Table Mountain). Pierre Charles Lemonnier in 1776 introduced Tarandus (Reindeer), and Solitarius; J. J. L. de Lalande introduced Le Messier (after the astronomer Charles Messier) (1776), Quadransmuralis (Mural quadrant) (1795), Globus aerostaticus (Air balloon) (1798), and Felis (the Cat) (1799). Martin Poczobut introduced in 1777 Taurus Poniatovskii; Bode introduced the Honores Frederici (Honours of Frederick) (1786), Telescopium Herschel.ii (Telescope of Herschel) (1787), Machina electrica (Electrical machine) (179o), Officina typographica (Printing press) (1799), and Lochium funis (Log line); and M. Hell formed the Psalterium Georgianum (George's lute). The following list gives the names of the constellations now usually employed: they are divided into three groups:—north of the zodiac, in the zodiac, south of the zodiac. Those marked with an asterisk have separate articles. Northern (28). *Andromeda *Cepheus *Hercules *Aquila *Coma Berenices Lacerta *Auriga *Corona borealis *Leo minor *Bootes *Cygnus Lynx Camelopardus *Delphinus *Lyra *Canes venatici Draco Ophiuchus *Cassiopeia Equuleus *Serpentarius Zodiacal (12). *Aquarius *Capricornus *Libra *Aries *Gemini *Pisces *Cancer *Leo *Sagittarius Southern (49)• Antlia (pneumatica) Corona australis Lepus Apus Corvus Lupus *Ara Crater Malus Argo Crux Mons Mensae Caela sculptoris (Caelum) *Canis major Dorado Microscopium Canis minor *Eridanus Monoceros Carina Fornax chemica Musca australis *Centaurus Gras Norma *Cetus Horologium Octans Chameleon *Hydra *Orion Circinus Hydrus Pavo Columba Noachi Indus Phoenix
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