Adams, Walter M.
The house of the hidden places: a clue to the creed of early Egypt from Egyptian sources — London, 1895

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to the ecliptic, a variation which, while never
exceeding 2J° on either side, requires no less
than thirty thousand years to accomplish. And
from this majestic depression and elevation of
the polar axis in its course around the sun—
the inexpressibly stately obeisance made by
the sceptre of Anup before the throne of Ea—
we may determine relatively to each other the
inclinations of the interior passages. The
difference between the limits of the solstices
(calculated at about 2° 22') gives the difference
between the inclination of the roof and of the
floor-line of the Grand Gallery, or Chamber of
the Orbit, while the inclination of that roof to
the level passage leading to the Lunar Chamber
of New Birth (28° 30') defines, as we have
already seen, the limiting inclination of the
moon to the Equator. The variation during
one Sothiac cycle corresponds with the differ-
ence between the floor-lines of the upper and
lower galleries. And if we may place the
completion of the building at B.C. 3732 (only
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