- the name for the star Sirius, the Dog Star, given by the ancient Egyptians.
Origin of Sothis
< Greek Sṓthis < Egyptian spdt
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The twelve months completed, a new year began, whose birth was heralded by the rising of Sothis in the early days of August.
This was based upon the heliacal rising of Sirius (Sothis) coincident with the beginning of the inundation.
Their year originally began when the rapid rising of the Nile coincided with the rising of the star Sirius, called by them Sothis.Archology and the Bible
George A. Barton
This period, measured thus by the heliacal rising of Sothis, is spoken of as the Sothic cycle.A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)
Henry Smith Williams
The Egyptians worshipped the star as Sothis, and it was believed to be the abode of the soul of Isis.The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'
- another name for Sirius
Greek; see Sothic
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