Citanda: The Astronomical Orientation of Ancient Greek Temples

We’re now able to work through items I had tagged to mention ages ago (in this case, over a year!), including this article from amicus noster Alun Salt on the orientation of Greek temples … here’s the 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.

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