Sothic year


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Sothic year

n
(Astronomy) the fixed year of the ancient Egyptians, 365 days 6 hours long, beginning with the appearance of the star Sirius on the eastern horizon at dawn, which heralded the yearly flooding of the Nile. A Sothic cycle contained 1460 such years

So′thic year′


n.
the fixed year of the ancient Egyptians, determined by the heliacal rising of Sirius, and equivalent to 365 days.
[1820–30]
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However there was a problem since the Sothic year was not exactly equal to the sidereal year because Sirius is not on the ecliptic.
They begin at the beginning of the Sothic year (July 3), when the "dog star" Sirius appears as the brightest star in the sky at dawn.
Notwithstanding, the priestly order of Egypt stuck to their guns and retained their 365-day year, knowing full well that the actual 365 1/4-day year and the religious year wouldn't be in alignment again for almost a millennium and a half--1,460 years--the Sothic year (named after Sopdet, which the Greeks called Sirius, the Dog-Star).
Certainly not the priests who took sacred vows to preserve the hoary status quo and maintain control of the Sothic year.