Bootes constellation, 1482

Bootes constellation, 1482

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Caption: Bootes constellation, 15th century artwork. Engraving of Bootes (the Herdsman), with Latin text. Bootes is shown here with a sickle, sword, spear and sheaf of wheat. The black asterisks show the position of the stars that make up this constellation. This artwork is from the 1482 edition of Hyginus's Poeticon Astronomicon (Poetic Astronomy). This 1st-century BC star atlas was republished several times in the medieval period with woodcut engravings of the stars and constellations.

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