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On the surface, the difference between an armillary and sundail is cosmetic. The armillary is much more ornate and official looking while the sundial is much simpler looking. The armillary can actually do quite a bit more such as tell teh postion of stars as well as time. It is accurate even though it was built on the premise that everything revovled around the Earth and not the sun. It's origins are in question as to whether the Greeks or Chineese developed it first. But no matter the origin it will make a grand centerpiece in your garden.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|