Friday, April 28, 2006

(18) Auriga according to Hyginus

The image of Auriga, the Charioteer, seems to be loosely based on the Poetic Astronomy of Hyginus, where the constellation is described as follows, as a picture of a person with arms but no legs:
3.12 The figure has one star on the head; one on each shoulder (the one on the left shoulder, called Capra [Capella] is brighter); one on each elbow, one on the right hand; two on the left (left) hand which are called Kids, located near the western stars. The total is eight.
(illustration and text from Theony Condos, Star Myths of the Greeks and Romans: A Sourcebook; Grand Rapids, MI, Phanes Press, 1997, pp. 49 and 52)


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