2015年3月20日 星期五

equinox, constellation zodiac, Aries, symposium, Symposium, Augustan

Aries
Aries
Symposium 

  He lived for 53 years in a chaste, sexless relationship with Howard Austen, but there had been a different, deeper love some years before. This was for Jimmie Trimble, a schoolmate at St Albans: a baseball player to his bookish self, Sparta to his Athens, and in every way that “other half” of which Aristophanes spoke in Plato’s “Symposium”. Trimble was killed at Iwo Jima. Mr Vidal dedicated “Palimpsest” to him, and arranged to be buried close. For all his stern rationality, sometimes he could not help calling out Jimmie’s name; and each time the wind seemed to rise and caress the cheek of the “last famous novelist” in America, and the last true Augustan in the world.

What's your sign? If today's your birthday, you're an Aries, the first constellation in the Western zodiac. Many astrologers believe that certain personality traits, physical conditions and even a person's fate and future can be influenced and determined by his zodiac sign. When zodiacal constellations were first organized, some 2,000 years ago, the Sun was in Aries where it crossed the equator at the vernal equinox, and Aries became the first sign of the zodiac. This is also the first day of the Bahá'í calendar, Chunfen in China and International Astrology Day.
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"I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical."Arthur C. Clarke

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constellation.
  1. Astronomy.
    1. An arbitrary formation of stars perceived as a figure or design, especially one of 88 recognized groups named after characters from classical mythology and various common animals and objects.
    2. An area of the celestial sphere occupied by one of the 88 recognized constellations.
  2. The configuration of planets at the time of one's birth, regarded by astrologers as determining one's character or fate.
  3. A gathering or an assemblage, especially of prominent persons or things: The symposium was attended by a constellation of artists and writers.
  4. A set or configuration, as of related items, properties, ideas, or individuals: a constellation of demands ranging from better food to improved health care; a constellation of feelings about the divorce.
[Middle English constellacioun, from Old French constellation, from Late Latin cōnstellātiō, cōnstellātiōn- : Latin com-, com- + Latin stēlla, star.]




zo・di・ac


━━ n. 【天文・占星】(the ~) 黄道帯, 獣帯; 十二宮図; 一周.
signs of the zodiac 【天文・占星】十二宮.
zo・di・a・cal
 ━━ a.
zodiacal light 【医】黄道光 ((日没後の西空また日の出前の東空で, 黄道帯に現れる薄明かり)).

equinoxLine breaks: equi|nox
Pronunciation: /ˈiːkwɪnɒks/ 
 /ˈɛkwɪnɒks/

Definition of equinox in English:

noun

1The time or date (twice each year) at which the suncrosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of equal length (about 22 September and 20 March).
晝夜平分點(分點,英語equinox,或簡稱二分點)是天球赤道黃道天球上的交點,那是每年太陽穿過天球赤道的位置,是相對的兩個點,包括3月21號左右的春分點和9月23號左右的秋分點
追朔這個字的源頭來自拉丁文的aequi nox,意思是日夜等分。在實際上也是如此,當太陽經過晝夜平分點時,地球上各地的白天和夜晚都是一樣長的,各有12個小時。晝夜平分點也常與至點相提並論,在中國,這四個點被用來定義四季的中點。

Returns of the dragon

Jan 23rd 2012, 13:15 by The Economist online
This Chinese new year could bring good fortune to stockmarket investors
CHINESE people across the world ushered in their new year on January 23rd, which according to 3,000 year-old Chinese astrology is the year of the dragon. This critter is not a mythical beast. Physignathus cocincinus, to give its Latin name, is associated with power, authority and good fortune. For those looking for good news among the grim January headlines, this could bode well for stockmarket fortunes over the coming year. Between 1900 and 2011, the nine previous dragon years have seen America's Dow Jones Industrial Average price index increase by an average of 7.7% in real terms, the second-best historical record of the 12 zodiac animals. Such fortune may be short-lived however; next year's animal, the snake, has the second-worst historical record.



symposium


 
音節
sym • po • si • um
発音
simpóuziəm
レベル
社会人必須
symposiumの変化形
symposiums (複数形)
[名](複 〜s, -si・a 〔-zi〕)
1 ((形式))(聴衆の前で行う)討論[談話, 座談]会, シンポジウム.
2 ((形式))(特定の問題の)評論集;討論会の記録.
3 (古代ギリシャ・ローマにおける)酒宴, 宴会;((S-))『饗宴』(プラトン作).Plato
[ラテン語←ギリシャ語symposīon (sym-共に+pnein飲む+-sīon名詞語尾). 古代ギリシャ時代には, お互いの談合は酒をくみ交わす宴会を含んでいた]
 
Augustan
[形]1 ローマ皇帝Augustus(時代)の.2 (特に18世紀英文学で)新古典主義隆盛期の.
Augustan Age
((the 〜))1 アウグストゥス帝時代(27B.C. -A.D. 14):ラテン文学の隆盛期.2 (一国の)文芸黄金時代. ▼英文学ではAnne女王時代(1702-14)をいう.

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