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(ζώνη/zṓnē, 'belt').

[German version]

[2] Astronomic-mathematical term

Metaphor in astronomy and mathematical geography, first attested by Autolycus [3] of Pitane c. 310 BC; a Latin translation of the term, despite many attempts (cingulum, fascia, plaga, etc), did not establish itself.

The term can also describe the Zodiac, which crosses the sphere of the heavens diagonally, but it usually designates the bands, de…

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Hübner, Wolfgang (Münster), “Zone”, 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 05 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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