|Genre||History, biographies, heraldry, archaeology and prehistory|
|Heaven on Earth: ancient monuments positioned to represent the Pleiades?|
The Pleiades star cluster has been observed since ancient times. In Babylonia for example, the beginning of the New Year was set in correspondence with the heliacal rising of the Pleiades. Hesiod, the first historical figure of Greek literature, in his poem Works and Days, describes the importance that this star cluster had in regulating the farming and sailing calendars. Anthropological research of the famous scholar James Frazer demonstrates how much the worship of this asterism was practised by the people of all latitudes.