This semester's class will depart from contemporary astronomy/astrophysics/cosmology and look at the past. A Great Courses lecture series by professor Bradley Schaefer from Louisiana State University titled "The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy" will serve as the core for the class. It is an introductory astronomy course that covers the science of the skies, how ancient astronomers used the skies, and how the skies interacted with all humans on many levels. The course will cover the entire world from many thousands of years B.C. up until the end of ancient astronomy around 1600 A.D., with a concentration from 3000 B.C. to 200 A.D.. Topics include Stonehenge and archaeoastronomy; early Greek astronomy; the star of Bethlehem; and ancient astronomy and modern astrophysics. Supplementary material will be introduced where appropriate.
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