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Encyclopedia > Ramus Pomifer

Ramus Pomifer (Latin for apple branch) was a constellation located between Hercules and Lyra. Latin was the language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... Hercules is the fifth largest of the 88 modern constellations. ... Lyra (Latin for Lyre) is one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, and is one of the 88 modern constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union. ...

It was depicted in the form of three serpents wrapped around a branch held in Hercules' left hand.

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Our stellar figure generally shows the Strong Man kneeling, clothed in the lion's skin, with his "all brazen" club and the Apple Branch.
This last he called Ramus pomifer, the German Zweig, placing it in the right hand of Hercules, on the edge of the Milky Way.
The Venetian illustrator of Hyginus in 1488 showed, in the constellation figure, an Apple Tree with a serpent twisted around its trunk.
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