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Cidenas
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(Κιδήνας; Kidḗnas, Babylonian Kidinnu), Chaldean astronomer, at the latest in the 2nd cent. BC, mentioned by Strabo as well as Sudines and Naburianus, discoverer of the equation 251 synodic months = 269 anomalistic months, originator of system B of the Babylonian moon calendar. His observations were probably used by  Critodemus (CCAG 5,2,128,15),  Hipparchus [6] and  Ptolemaeus.

 Astronomy

Bibliography

Sources:

P. Schnabel, Berossos und die babylon.-hell. Lit., 1923, 121-130

O. Neugebauer, Astronomical Cuneiform Texts, 195…

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Hübner, Wolfgang (Münster), “Cidenas”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 01 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e613550>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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