Europe and the West

  • Alexus McLeodEmail author
Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)


In this chapter I look at astronomy in the premodern Western world. I discuss some of the views and assumptions that have informed its astronomy and continue to inform our understanding of the cosmos today, even though they are often unrecognized. I describe the ways in which early Western views developed into what we know today as astronomy. Comparing the ancient views with those of our modern understanding reveals hidden assumptions and philosophical commitments.


Celestial Body Circular Motion Planetary Motion Winter Solstice Western History 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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