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by Archaeology Newsroom

Analemmata in Byzantium Greece: Attractive or Anathema?

Sundials were a common feature of the ancient Greek and Roman world. The use of dials seems to have lapsed in the medieval Greek world, however, whereas it did not in the medieval West. This paper examines the extant medieval Greek dials and suggests that it was the difference in both the definitions of time and the meaning of sundials in the Catholic and the Orthodox traditions that determined the fate of dials in Byzantine Greece.