Egyptian papyrus painting astrological calendar

The frantic pace of our modern world makes a calendar such as this a reminder of those important events within our own lives. They mark the never-changing experiences that form our character and memories—individual milestones and those shared with family and friends.

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Their significance extends throughout our own history and that of the generations to come. The prayers and spells derive from the much earlier Pyramid Texts, originally carved into the stone walls of the royal burial chambers of the Pharoahs beginning around BC. Later still, about BC, the prayers for the Afterlife became more widespread and the nobility had these hymns painted on their coffins. They are thus known as the Coffin Texts.

Beginning around BC, the prayers, hymns, and spells began to be painted on papyrus—when they became known as the Books of the Dead—an even more widespread distribution to the middle class.

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It was found in and is now in the British Museum. The astrological images come from the ancient Egyptian zodiac on the ceiling of the Temple of Isis at Denderah. While the zodiac seems to have been carved around BC, it appears to have been based on earlier astronomical drawings. It has been suggested that it represents midnight of the Summer Solstice of BC when Sirius rose at dawn with the Sun, an event which had long been anticipated by ancient astronomers.

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The zodiac depicts the twelve Egyptian zodiacal figures which by this time in Egyptian history showed a decidedly Greek influence under the Ptolemies. It now hangs in the Louvre.

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