Poeticon Astronomicon

Among the first printed renditions of the Greek (Ptolemaic) constellations was the Clarissimi Viri Iginii Poeticon Astronomiconwhich included almost all these constellations, though without great accuracy or detail. Its focus seems to have been less about navigation/astronomy as for the mythological figures presented in the sky.

No coordinate systems indicated, as was already in place at that time, these woodcuts serve a purely aesthetic purpose, and convey little information about the actual night sky. Some characters are even rendered in contemporary clothes rather than idealized mythological attire.

 
By comparison, Hercules’ cock must be at least 8 light years long. Just FYI.

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