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Aglaonice or Aganice o Thessaly (Auncient Greek: Ἀγλαονίκη, Aglaoníkē) wis a Greek astronomer o the 2nt or 1st century BC.[1] She is mentioned in the writins o Plutarch[2] an in the scholia tae Apollonius o Rhodes[3] as a female astronomer an as the dauchter o Hegetor (or Hegemon) o Thessaly. She wis regairdit as a sorceress for her abeelity tae mak the Muin disappear frae the sky, that haes been taken tae mean she coud predict the time an general aurie whaur a lunar eclipse wad occur.[4][5]

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  1. Peter Bicknell: "The witch Aglaonice and dark lunar eclipses in the second and first centuries BC." In: Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Bd. 93, Nr. 4, pp. 160–163, Bibcode1983JBAA...93..160B
  2. Coniugalia praecepta 48 = 145c, De defectu oraculorum 13 = 417a
  3. Scholion to Argonautica 4.59
  4. Ogilvie, Marilyn Bailey (1986). Women in Science. The MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-15031-X.
  5. Schmitz, Leonhard (1867), "Aganice", in Smith, William (ed.), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston, p. 59