top of page


see also:

sign of the Zodiac

Aristotle METE


Lucretius DRN

Seneca NQ

References for Greek and Latin

Modern Description

written by Susanne M Hoffmann

The zodiac is an invention of Babylonian mathematical astronomy in the middle of the 1st millennium BCE (Britton 2010). It is a great circle in the sky, divided into twelve equal sections called "signs" and each of them named after one of the constellations it covers.

Britton, J. P., 2010 Studies in Babylonian Lunar Theory III,
The Introduction of the Uniform Zodiac,
Archive for History of Exact Sciences 64,
617-663, DOI 10.1007/s00407-010-0064-z

Further Remarks

bottom of page