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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: October 2020

Chapter 2 - Making Sense of the Moon

from Part II - The Moon in the Scientific Imagination


As we saw in the previous chapter, there is abundant evidence from the Archaic period onwards for the belief that the Moon was physically entangled with terrestrial phenomena such as dew and vegetation, as well as with women’s reproductive lives. In this chapter, I make a case for the Moon’s increasing entanglement in a less concrete sense: in the Greeks’ intellectual history.

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