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  • Babylon (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #727082)
    Pleiades_icon Babylon settlement, fort Geocontext: Fostat, Cairo
    Description: An ancient fortified city of the Delta of Egypt, located at Babylon in the area today known as Coptic Cairo.


Text #3634

Ptolemy. Almagest
[p. 253]

In the fifth year of Nabopolassar, which is the 127th year from Nabonassar, Athyr [month III] 27/28 in the Egyptian calendar [-620 Apr 21/22], at the end of the 11th hour in Babylon, the Moon began to be eclipsed; the maximum obscuration was 1/4 of the diameter from the south. Now since the beginning of the eclipse occurred 5 seasonal hours after midnight amd mid-eclipse about 6 [seasonal hours after midnight], which correspond to 5 5/6 equinoctial hours at Babylon on that date (for the true position of the sun was (?) 27;3°), it is clear that mid-eclipse, which is when the greatest part of the diameter is immersed in the shadow, occurred 5 5/6 equinoctial hours after midnight in Babylon, and exactly 5 [hours after midnight] at Alexandria.

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