The Precession, Hipparchus, Newton and the Argonauts

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. Evelyn Beatrice Hall ( Stephen G. Tallentyre) in "The Friends of Voltaire" (1906), probably a modification from Voltaire's 1770 letter to M. le Riche “Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write”

939 BC. The ship Argo is built after the pattern of the long ship in which Danaus came into Greece: and this was the first long ship built by the Greeks. Chiron, who was born in the Golden Age, forms the Constellations for the use of the Argonauts; and places the Solstitial and Equinoctial Points in the fifteenth degrees or middies of the Constellations of Cancer, Chelae, Capricorn, and Aries. Meton in the year of Nabonassar 316, observed the Summer Solstice in the eighth degree of Cancer, and therefore the Solstice had then gone back seven degrees. It goes back one degree in about seventytwo years, and seven degrees in about 504 years. Count these years back from the year of Nabonassae 316, and they will place the Argonautic expedition about 936 years before Christ. Sir Isaac Newton, A short chronicle: From the First Memory of things in Europe to the Conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great

Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (21.11.1694-30.5.1778): Letters on Newton
from the Letters on the English or
Lettres Philosophiques, c. 1778

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