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Wahibre (589-570)

Sais

582 Sept. 21

a Dynasties are indicated by Roman numerals (see Table 8.1). All dates are b.c.

a Dynasties are indicated by Roman numerals (see Table 8.1). All dates are b.c.

calculated dates when the statements would be valid. Unfortunately, he gives no adequate explanation of his procedures.

The identification of Venus with a heron has not yet been put into a satisfactory context, to our knowledge. The name of the planet Venus may be accompanied by the names of two deities, one of whom is Osiris, which may be, here, a name of Venus (Neugebauer and Parker 1969, p. 180). If Venus was sometimes equated with Osiris and Mercury with Seth, this gives a very strong indication of an astronomical basis for the myth. Heron depictions in mythical scenes may concern Venus. Neugebauer and Parker suggest that depictions (in late texts) of Venus as a god with one human head and one animal head may refer to the dichotomy of evening star and morning star.

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