Sothic dating egypt
Sirius is the brightest star in the sky, but it is unlikely that the heliacal rising of Sirius, or, for that matter, any other star, could be used as a clear marker of the start of a calendar.
The Alexandrian Greeks never seriously learned hieroglyphics. Velikovsky states that Pliny identifies "the star of Sothis" as Venus.My guess is that the concept of a "great year" dates from the astronomical year 684 BC when all the planets were in the sky at the date of the vernal equinox. It was on that day that the bright star Sothis was supposed to have made its annual appearance." This is from Damien F.Mackey, "The Sothic Star Theory of the Egyptian Calendar" (1995), originally at specialtyinterests.net/sothic_The identification of the star Sirius as "the star of Isis" is an equation found already in the Persian Zend-Avesta of the seventh century BC.References to Sothis occur in the earliest Egyptian funeral texts, dating back to 2345 BC.It is much brighter a few days (and degrees of elevation) later.
Once it is some ten degrees away from the horizon, it reaches its magnitude of 1.9 -- shining then as the brightest star in the sky, with only Jupiter and Venus being brighter yet.
But for Meyer the mention of a "great year" suggested the completion of a 1460-year period.
Meyer thought that any mention in Egyptian records of the remote past of "Sothis rising" could be used to accurately date events.
Venus moves one day in its heliacal rising every four years.
Sirius does not move "one day every four years." On the other hand, seen from the vantage point of the Egyptian 365-day calendar, Venus did not move in the calendar.
This happens frequently, but it was not the "great year" Meyer had in mind.