Astronomy and Rome

Unit 1 astronomy project~

Astronomy and Mathematics

In astronomy, mathematics, and, indeed, all areas of the sciences, the Romans were attracted to an easily learned, textbook format—the handbook, which were summaries of knowledge that the writers in Latin and Greek found useful for synthesizing and simplifying Greek learning.

Cosmic Theories

Some of the more educated Romans were familiar with the Greek philosophers who proposed cosmic theories, they also knew of Aristarchus’s geometrical proof of the relative distances between the sun, moon, and earth and of his theory that the earth and planets moved around the sun, but they rejected such notions. Hipparchus’s mathematical demonstration about planets moving on epicycles and deferents was too attractive for them.

Top Astronomers Of Rome

Roman Understanding of Astronomy

Much of the astronomy came to the Romans through Posidonius, the Syrian philosopher who visited Rome in 87-86 B.C.E. who blended astronomic theory with Stoic philosophical ideas in a way attractive to Roman thought.

In Conclusion

Rome really didn't like astronomy at all....


"Science, Technology, and Health: Overview." World Eras. Ed. John T. Kirby. Vol. 3: Roman Republic and Empire, 264 B.C.E.- 476 C.E. Detroit: Gale, 2001. 382-384. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 3 Sept. 2015.