Astronomy and Tidal Analysis Applied to the Study of Julius Caesar's Commentarii

7 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2016

Date Written: August 2, 2016

Abstract

A beautify example of forensic astronomy and geophysics, applied to a specific problem of history, is given by the work of Thomas Lewin. He used the references to natural phenomena in the Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Gallico to determine times and places of the Caesar campaigns in Britain. In “The invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar”, published in 1859, Lewin explains how, using ephemeris and tidal data, he deduced the date and the place from where Caesar departed from Gaul and the place where he landed for the first time in Britain. Besides the Lewin’s analyses, in this paper we will give also some considerations on the orientation of Caesar’s navigation by night, using the stars of Ursa Minor, Ursa Major and Draco.

Keywords: Archaeoastronomy, Forensic Astronomy, Forensic Geophysics, Tidal analysis, History, Julius Caesar

Suggested Citation

Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina, Astronomy and Tidal Analysis Applied to the Study of Julius Caesar's Commentarii (August 2, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2817327 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2817327

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna (Contact Author)

Polytechnic University of Turin ( email )

Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
Torino, Torino 10129
Italy

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