Talk:Meton of Athens

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Untitled[edit]

I'm sorry, he was a 'queer'? Either inappropriate or a 'queer' typo.

removed speculation about trepidation[edit]

Someone noted a difference between the traditional date of Meton´s solstice observation, and modern computation; and then elaborates that it might be explained if Meton corrected for trepidation. I removed all that because:

  • this supposedly involved an observation, which should be completely independent of any computations or theory
  • trepidation only makes sense in the context of precession of the aequinox, and there is no indication whatsoever of such a concept before Hipparchus, 3 centuries later
  • if at all, such matter should be discussed in the Metonic cycle which has its own entry, not in the bio of Meton himself.

Tom Peters (talk) 13:18, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

years, months and days[edit]

Meton found that 19 solar years are almost equal to 235 lunar months, both totalling around 6940 days.

was recently changed to

The metonic calendar assumes that 19 solar years are equal to 235 lunar months, which is, in turn[,] equal to 6940 days.

I like the first form better: the number of days is irrelevant to (and less accurate than) the ratio between years and months, on which the cycle depends. The article Metonic cycle has an obscure phrase that I read as meaning that the correspondence fits better if the days are not rounded to 6940. —Tamfang (talk) 02:00, 29 June 2011 (UTC)