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19th Century glass lantern slide depicting "Ruins of Babylon".  makers NEWTON 3 Fleet Street

Norman Davidson writes  page 56: " At an early stage the Babylonians measured their days from sunset to sunset, divided into twelve periods each called a 'beru' and lasting about two hours. Later they divided the period from sunset to sunrise into twelve equal parts."

In the summer daylight hours were longer than daylight hours in winter. 

It is hard to believe the complexity of astronomical knowledge recorded in ancient times. But then the very survival of the people depended on this knowledge

 

 

 

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