The Great Meudon Refractor

  • Neil English
Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)


Tucked away in a leafy southwestern suburb of Paris, amid rolling hills and valleys, and sleepy glades of chestnut and ancient oak, lies Meudon. Inhabited since Neolithic times, the Gallic incumbents called it Moldum. Under Roman occupation from the mid-first century b. c. onwards, it was known as Moldunum. The great natural beauty of the area attracted the elite in French society from these early times, its hills providing ready-made vantage points for surveying and surveillance alike (Fig. 26.1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil English
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  1. 1.Fintry by GlasgowUK

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