Marianne Luban
Re: Senenmut's Ceiling
Fri Feb 15, 2008 19:24
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CB: Before going too far out on a limb with von Spaeth's dating of the Senenmut ceiling you should read Christian Leitz' rebuttal "Remarks about the Appearance of Mars in the Tomb of Senenmut in Western Thebes" in Centaurus 44 (2002) 140-142.

ML: I'm sure it can't be any more detailed than Leitz's chapter on the ceiling in his "Studien Zur Aegyptischen Astronomie" [Harrassowitz, 1989] In that he submits the date for the ceiling as November 1462 [so a reason to disagree with von Spaeth. Also, he claims there "Mars cannot be seen" at that time. Among his arguments, Leitz more or less submits his datum by a process of elimination, according to the accession dates of Thutmose III--high, medium and low, as he sees them. I might have been missing something amid all the astronomy and scholarly German, but I don't see Leitz giving a reason why November 1462 should have been a significant month. So what does he say in the 2002 article?

  • Re: Senenmut's CeilingChris Bennett, Thu Feb 14 10:00
    Marianne -- Before going too far out on a limb with von Spaeth's dating of the Senenmut ceiling you should read Christian Leitz' rebuttal "Remarks about the Appearance of Mars in the Tomb of Senenmut ... more
    • Re: Senenmut's Ceiling — Marianne Luban, Fri Feb 15 19:24
      • Re: Senenmut's CeilingCHris, Fri Feb 15 19:50
        Basically, he gives a number of reasons why von Spaeth's claimed identification of Mars cannot be right. This is of course a different matter from whether Leitz' own dating is right. They can't both... more
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