We deal in this book with the broad and burgeoning subject of pretelescopic astronomy. People around the world have been deeply interested in the sun, moon, and stars for millennia. Of central interest to historians are answers to the questions, “What did they know and when did they know it?” In this section, we discuss why we want to know the answers to these questions, and the means by which scholars have attempted to provide the answers.
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