Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Dog Days



"Dog Days" is the name for the most sultry period of summer, from about July 3 to August 11. Named in early times by observers in countries bordering the Mediterranean, the period extended from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius, the Dog Star and the sun. In the latitude of the Mediterranean region this period coincided with hot days that were plagued with disease and discomfort.
Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time "the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies." according to Brady’s 1813 Clavis Calendaria or a Compendious Analysis of the Calendar: illustrated with ecclesiastical, historical, and classical anecdotes.  
A must read this summer?

5 comments:

Angus said...

Will we have dog days this year ? Or will it rain ?

Eurodog said...

Here in Brussels it's rain followed by more rain. So I fear dog days will be something to look forward to next year.
Your doggies are soooo cute.

Winchester whisperer said...

Nevertheless sultry weather would be most welcome here

Eurodog said...

Ditto here, WW.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I didn't know the origin of the expression - thank you.