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A Song of Aestas by David Hart

A short piano improvisation in honor of the Summer Season
Aestas ("summer", or "summer heat") is the Roman personification of summer. She is mentioned by Ovid in his Metamorphoses, and She may be his own invention. He describes Her as standing by the emerald throne of Phoebus (the Sun-god), with the other personifications of Time such as the Day, Month, Year, Century, and the Hours and the other Seasons, Spring, Autumn and Winter. She is naked except for a garland of grain or wheat-sheaves in Her hair.
According to Pliny the Elder, the Summer Solstice takes place when the Sun is in the eighth degree of Cancer. What the Romans thought of as the first day of Summer was considered to take place on the forty-eighth day after the vernal equinox, which Pliny states as the day when the Sun enters the 8th degree of Aries. (By modern figuring, the Sun enters the 1st degree of Aries on the vernal equinox). Using the current calendar, that puts the Romans' first day of Summer on the 7th of May. Silvius, though, considers the first day of Summer to be the 27th of June.
Ovid's depiction of Aestas may owe something to the Greek depiction of the Horai, the Goddesses of the Seasons. Their number varied with the place and time of their worship, there sometimes being two, three, or four of them, but they were generally shown as garlanded with the fruits or flowers of their respective seasons.

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Added: Aug-31-2011 Occurred On: Aug-31-2011
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  • Very,very good and I might say brilliant.Just next time turn up the audio just a tad.

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    • @lysrg25 Jeez, I can hear it really good when I listen to it here on liveleak. Maybe check your equipment or have you had your hearing tested lately. I can hear a pin drop ten yard away and I used to stand right up close to those 12 feet high rock and roll speakers at concerts. Thanks for the comment and hope the audio thing gets better.

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    • @hartistry Well,I am one of those who are on stage playing loud to an audience,I play drums for 30 yrs. now and my hearing is just fine.The vdeo just seemed slightly softer than compared to other LiveLeak vids.That's all.sorry you got bent outta shape.

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