My guess is that 360 has no mathematical advantage, but it has something to do with 360 (and something) days in a year, or it was derived from some other number of importance.
I stand corrected. In reality Babylonians saw that each day the Sun rose one degree ahead against the background of fixed stars. This is also the origin of the signs of the Zodiac.Integral said:SGT,
That is a very interesting idea, could you elaborate? Consider that the rising sun does not move around the entire horizon over the year, but only a small segment of it. Consider that it moves much slower in the summer and and winter and faster spring in fall.
Humm..., perhaps it was not the sun they were observing but the motion of the more distant stars?
This only happens between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Elsewhere the Sun never reaches the zenith. People used the SHORTEST shadow, and counted the days. They actually found 365+ days between shortest shadows of course, but the Babylonians had a place arithmetic based on 20 and they wanted an even multiple of 20, so they picked 360.quetzalcoatl9 said:one way that the ancients did this was to build a really high pillar that was balanced. there is one day a year (based upon where you are on the earth) when the sun will pass directly through zenith and the pole won't cast a shadow.
As you said, you should not accept Sitchin's opinion as truth. For agood critic of his writings see this site wich contains links to several others.DuncanM said:As a previous poster noted, the number 360 came to us from the ancient Sumerians (via the ancient Greeks, via the Babylonians, via the Sumerians, who supposedly received it from the gods/extraterrestrials who taught mankind all the basics of civilization).
The number 12 was also significant to them.
If you are interested, Zecharia Sitchin has written several books that examine early history and has provided one of the best and most thoroughly documented examinations of very early history. Here is the URL to his website:
Of course, you should not accept one person's opinion as truth but, if nothing else, his books make very fascinating reading. Among the several topics he examines include:
(i) pyramid building (which seemed to become the fashion at several locations on Earth--all at about the same time);
(ii) the Great Deluge (civilizations at several locations around Earth had oral history about a Great Flood--and all of them put the Flood at about the same time);
(iii) the astrology of civilizations at several locations (including China) around Earth seemed very similar, making use of the same constellations and the number 12;
(iv) circumcision of males (the "Celestial Sign" was to copied by being cut into human flesh);
and much more.
In fact, the Imperial system of measure (miles, feet, pounds, etc.) includes much "sacred geometry" that comes to us from the "gods".
His books are to be highly recommended.