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This golden planisphere was placed immediately over the sepulchre, upon a base 365 cubits (547 1/2 feet) in circumference, or about 182 feet in diameter, and one cubit in thickness.
It was divided and marked at every cubit with the days of the year, the rising and setting of the stars according to their natural revolutions, and the signs ascertained from them by Egyptian astrologers.
Rameses reigned in the fourteenth century B. C., — the century after the settling of the land of Canaan by Joshua and the century before the Argonautic Expedition.
The golden circle was carried away by Cambyses when he plundered Egypt, 525 B. C., about the time of Kung-fu-tze (Confucius).
Ptolemy Euergetes, 246 B. C., placed in the square porch of the Alexandrian Museum an equinoctial and a solstitial armil, the graduated limbs of these instruments being divided into degrees and sixths.
There were in the observatory stone structures, the precursors of our mural quadrants.
On the floor a