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A cadastre ( Greek καταστερισμός, to ἀστήρ aster "star") is a type of literary text that explains or speculates about how a constellation was originally created and how it got its name. Cadastre are typical of the classical and Alexandrian Hellenism , but also occur in other cultures.

Significance and literary tradition of the Greek land registry

The legends about the constellations were not part of religious structures; the role of the gods is mostly limited to the misunderstanding of the goal. In the sense of cadastre, a constellation is generally to be understood as a representation of a mythical figure or a mythical object, not as the result of a magical transformation or metamorphosis .

A catalog of the land registry for 44 constellations (including planets and the Milky Way) is available from Eratosthenes . Homer , Hesiod , Pherecydes of Athens , Aratos of Soloi and Callimachus of Cyrene can be regarded as forerunners of the Eratosthenic cadastre . The cadastre of Callisto for the Great She-Bear can also be found in the second book of Ovid's Metamorphoses .


  • Eratosthenes: star tales . Ed., Transl. U. Comment v. Jordi Pàmias et al. Klaus Geus. Utopica, Oberhaid 2007, ISBN 978-3-938083-05-5 .

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