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The term “dog days” was used by the Greeks in Aristotle’s Physics. Astronomer Geminus, around 70 B.C., wrote: “It is generally believed that Sirius produces the heat of the ‘dog days,’ but this is an error, for the star merely marks a seasonof the year when the sun’s heat is the greatest.”
The lectionary of the 1559 edition of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer indicates: “Naonae. Dog days begin” with the readings for July 7 & end August 18. But the readings for September 5 indicate: “Naonae. Dog days end.” This corresponds very closely to the lectionary of the 1611 edition of the King James Bible which indicates the Dog Days beginning on July 6 & ending on September 5.
- from the daily néwsletter of one of our favorite sites, It’s About Time also featured in The Hildegarden.
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