from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or deriving from the name of Sothis.
- adj. Being the ancient Egyptian calendar year, consisting of 365 1/4 days.
- adj. Being a cycle consisting of 1,460 years of 365 days in the ancient Egyptian calendar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the dogstar, Sothis.
This period of 1460 Sirius years (1461 Egyptian years) received later the name Sothic period from Sothis, a Greek form of Sopdet, the
It is the old Sothic, or annus quadratus, which became the Alexandrine under the Ptolemies; and which Sosigenes, the
Phoenix; as among them are one of 600 years, the Great Year referred to by Josephus and others, and one of 1,461 years, which was the Sothic period of the Egyptians.
I will deal, now, with those manifestations which proclaimed themselves during the Sothic month of each year formerly associated with the
Thus, when, contrary to my express orders, she has wandered abroad during the Sothic period, I have been enabled to trace her movements by the progressive howling of dogs.
In some way she secretly gained admission to the house (the episode occurred during that Sothic month whose annual coming I had learned to dread).
Egyptian year and their Greek names (still in use with slight changes of orthography in the Coptic Calendar) and their respective dates of beginning according to the Julian Calendar, when I Thoth fell on the heliacal rising of Sirius, i.e., at the opening of the Sothic periods:
Long before the end of the first Sothic period it was found necessary to consider the first of Thoth as a New
This points clearly to the beginning of the Sothic period the first year of which fell on
The absence of eras in ancient Egypt is all the more remarkable as there were several periods which could easily have been utilized for that purpose, the Sothic period especially.
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