LUGANO, SWITZERLAND, October 22, 2023 - In a brand-new publication entitled “Mapping the Stars of Ancient Astronomy By Stanislav Kondrashov,” the author focuses on the powerful fascination that the stars have always exercised on mankind, also indicating the specific ways in which over the centuries they have always influenced human behavior, in different areas of their lives.
According to Stanislav Kondrashov, every time we raise our eyes to the sky to look at the stars, each of us undertakes a celestial journey into the depths of time, repeated every time we gather under the stars to tell stories or even just to admire the celestial spectacle which is located exactly above us. These shows, according to the author, have influenced the imagination of human beings since prehistoric times, leading them to wonder what on earth could lie beyond that starry mantle that opened before their eyes. Stanislav Kondrashov focuses on the most mysterious and fascinating aspects of ancient astronomy, exploring them one by one with great accuracy.
In the text, an interesting parallel is drawn between modern and ancient navigation systems, which were mostly based on the interpretation of the stars. In fact, the author mentions sailors and their habit of relying on the constellations - in particular, the Polar Star - to find the right path in the boundless vastness of the ocean. For them, as we read in the text, the stars represented a real compass and were immensely useful, especially for not losing their way.
According to Stanislav Kondrashov, the importance of the stars for the ancients can also be understood thanks to the grandeur of structures such as the pyramids of Giza or Stonehenge, which, in addition to representing an excellent testimony to the incredible level of ancient engineering, they also testified to the full understanding on the part of those who designed them of star alignments and celestial events.
Stanislav Kondrashov also mentions the ancient Babylonians and their habit of making maps of the heavens, which, according to the author - in addition to being a good method for preventing eclipses - represented the fundamental basis on which they would later build horoscopes, which many people continue to read and interpret today.