The Decumani of Naples and the Minor Lunar Standstill

PHILICA, Article number 608.

3 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2016

Date Written: May 29, 2016


Here we are proposing an astronomical analysis of the direction of the Decumani of Naples, made by means of a modern ephemeris, the Photographer's Ephemeris, a well-known software used for planning outdoor photography. The old part of Naples had a layout based on a chessboard of parallel and perpendicular streets, the Decumani and Kardines, where the Decumani have an alignment with moonrise and moonset azimuths on minor lunar standstills. Such reference to the moon in the alignment of the streets is also found for Torino.

Keywords: Archaeoastronomy, Satellite Images, Architecture, Modern Ephemerides

Suggested Citation

Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina, The Decumani of Naples and the Minor Lunar Standstill (May 29, 2016). PHILICA, Article number 608., Available at SSRN:

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna (Contact Author)

Polytechnic University of Turin ( email )

Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
Torino, Torino 10129

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