Sundials - World's Oldest Clocks

North American Sundial Society


Sundial: 103
State/Province:  Ohio Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Armillary Sphere Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 39° 30.450' N  84° 55.083' W
  • Miami University Campus. Dial stands at the head of the beautiful South Quadrangle near Minnich Hall.
  • A 6 foot armillary sphere sitting on a marble column. The armillary has equatorial, meridian, polar and equatorial rings, plus two smaller ones at the poles. Along the outside of the equatorial ring are golden figures, marking the houses of the zodiac. On the inside of the equatorial ring are Roman numerals marking the hours. The armillary was a gift to the university on its 50th anniversary by the Miami chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

    The turtles that support the sphere are emblems of eternity, according to the October 1986 issue of the Alumnus. It is said that if a student rubs the turtles’ heads they will receive and ‘A’ on their next exam. Some students do rub the turtles’ heads below the bronze dial religiously
General Information:
  • Owner: Miami University
  • Designer:
  • Builder: Kenneth Lynch & Sons, Wilton, CT.
  • Construction Date: 1962

Last Revised: 2019-05-05 13:21
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