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Title: The Astronomical Orientation of Ancient Greek Temples
Authors: Salt, Alun M.
First Published: 19-Nov-2009
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Citation: Salt AM (2009) The Astronomical Orientation of Ancient Greek Temples. PLoS ONE 4(11): e7903.
Abstract: Despite its appearing to be a simple question to answer, there has been no consensus as to whether or not the alignments of ancient Greek temples reflect astronomical intentions. Here I present the results of a survey of archaic and classical Greek temples in Sicily and compare them with temples in Greece. Using a binomial test I show strong evidence that there is a preference for solar orientations. I then speculate that differences in alignment patterns between Sicily and Greece reflect differing pressures in the expression of ethnic identity.
DOI Link: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007903
ISSN: 1932-6203
eISSN: 1932-6203
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright: © 2009 Alun M. Salt. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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