Greek Popular Meteorology From Antiquity to the Present: The Folk-Interpretation of Celestial Signs

Author: Cronin, Patrick
Year:2010
Pages:436
ISBN:0-7734-3657-X
978-0-7734-3657-2
Price:259.95
This book, the only one of its kind in the English language, examines the attempts of the Greeks to predict weather change by means of naked-eye observation of celestial phenomena, unaided by scientific meteorology.

Reviews

The critical discussion of signs from winds is thoroughly praiseworthy. The divine power of the winds was already recognized by Greek-speakers in late bronze age Knossos, and Dr Cronin shows how in Homer and Hesiod winds are connected with the weather. . . . Dr Cronin’s classification by name of ancient winds illuminates many features of wind-lore, ancient and modern”. – G.L. Huxley, Trinity College Dublin

“This work will be an essential reference book for folklorists and Hellenists wishing to understand the relevance of weather references in literature.” – Prof. Andrew Smith, University College Dublin

Table of Contents

Foreword: Professor G. L. Huxley
Preface
Guidelines for the Reader
PROLEGOMENA
CATALOGUE OF SIGNS
Clouds
Comets:
Dew:
Hoar Frost:
Lightning:
Mist:
Moon:
Planets:
Rainbow:
Stars:
Sun:
Thunder:
Winds:
Overview of the Catalogue
Appendix
Bibliography
Indices
1. Index of Greek Sources (quoted in the Catalogue)
2. Index of Greek & Latin Passages (quoted in the Prolegomena)
3 Index of Latin Sources (quoted in the Catalogue)
4 Index of Place Names
Maps
1. Greece (Mainland and Islands) and Calabria
2. Map of Anatolia