Where Did the saying “Dog Day’s of Summer” Originate? Tena Stetler
As we enter the Dog Days of Summer, I wondered where its origins began. You know me, inquiring minds want to know. The phrase “dog days of summer” originates in ancient Greek and Roman astronomy and mythology. It refers to the period of hot and humid weather that occurs during the summer months. In ancient times, “dog days” was used to describe the period when the star Sirius, also known as the Dog Star, rose in conjunction with the sun. Sirius is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, which means “greater dog” in Latin.
The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the heat during this time of year was caused by the combined energy of the sun and Sirius. They believed that Sirius added its own heat to the sun’s heat, leading to exceptionally hot weather.
The dog days of summer were typically associated with drought, sudden thunderstorms, and other weather phenomena. They were also believed to bring illness, bad luck, and even madness. These days, people often avoided outdoor activities and sought shade and water to cool off.
Over time, the term “dog days” came to be used more generally to describe any particularly hot or sweltering weather during the summer months. It became a common expression in English literature and culture, used to evoke the image of the hottest and most uncomfortable days of summer.
Today, the dog days of summer are still used to describe a period of intense heat and humidity. It is a time when many people take vacations, go swimming, or find ways to beat the heat.
One way to beat the heat is Ice Cream! I have just the book for you to relax under a shade tree with One Scoop or Two – Chocolate Raspberry Magic by Tena Stetler. Pssst… its available in audio book also.
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