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Livio Stecchini

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Livio Catullo Stecchini (6 October 1913 – September 1979) was a historian of science, and Professor of Ancient History, Paterson State College in New Jersey. He contributed to the September 1963 special issue of the American Behavioral Scientist on Immanuel Velikovsky, that was subsequently revised and expanded, and published as a book, The Velikovsky Affair (1966).

Alfred de Grazia wrote:

"Dr Stecchini, who gained his qualifications in philosophy, law and ancient history at Freiburg, Rome, Genoa and Harvard holds a special place in Velikovskian scholarship: as noted by Dr de Grazia in the introduction to the 1978 edition of The Velikovsky Affair, it was to Livio Stecchini that he owed his first introduction to Velikovsky's ideas - an introduction which was to result in the special edition of the American Behavioral Scientist which brought the issues to a wider public and ultimately gave rise to the investigations in the Yale Scientific Magazine, Pensée and the other journals that have followed. His special interest lay in ancient measures and he contributed a valuable and extensive appendix on this topic to Peter Tompkins' book, Secrets of the Great Pyramid."[1]



  1. Alfred de Grazia, "In Memoriam: Livio Stecchini", SIS Review Vol IV No 1 (Autumn 1979)

Selected bibliography


  • Alfred de Grazia, (Editor) The Velikovsky Affair, 1st ed. 1966, 2nd ed. 1978, with contributions by Ralph Juergens, Livio C. Stecchini, Alfred de Grazia and Immanuel Velikovsky.
  • Ch.3 "The Inconstant Heavens"
  • Ch.4 "Cuneiform Astronomical Records and Celestial Instability"
  • Ch.5 "Astronomical Theory and Historical Data"


  • "Greek Estimates of the Synodic Month", Kronos vol.1 No.3 (Fall 1975)
  • "Orphic Hymns And Astronomy", Kronos vol.6 No.4 (Summer 1981)
  • "Metron", Kronos vol.7 No. 1 (Fall 1981)
  • "Chronos And Kronos", Kronos vol.7 No.2 (Winter 1982)
  • "The Twenty-One Years of Venus", Kronos vol.7 No. 3 (Spring 1982)
  • "The Newton Affair", Kronos' vol.9 No.2 (Winter 1984)
  • "Newton's World View", Kronos vol.9 No.3 (Summer 1984)
  • "Newton And Historical Science", Kronos vol.10 No.1 (Fall 1984)
  • "The Age of Reason: Some Insights", Kronos vol.11 No.1 (Fall 1985)

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