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The heavenly writing : divination, horoscopy, and astronomy in Mesopotamian culture

Author: Francesca Rochberg
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
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In antiquity, the expertise of the Babylonians in matters of the heavens was legendary and the roots of both western astronomy and astrology are traceable in cuneiform tablets going back to the second and first millennia BC. The Heavenly Writing discusses the place of Babylonian celestial divination, horoscopy, and astronomy in Mesopotamian intellectual culture. Focusing chiefly on celestial divination and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Rochberg, Francesca, 1952-
Heavenly writing.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004
(DLC) 2004043566
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Francesca Rochberg
ISBN: 0511230869 9780511230868 0511231636 9780511231636 9780511617409 0511617402 9780521830102 0521830109 1280703016 9781280703010
OCLC Number: 252529707
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 331 pages)
Contents: COVER; HALF-TITLE; TITLE; COPYRIGHT; DEDICATION; CONTENTS; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; ABBREVIATIONS; CHRONOLOGICAL REFERENCES AND AKKADIAN AND ASTRONOMICAL TERMINOLOGY; THE HEAVENLY WRITING; 1 THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF MESOPOTAMIAN SCIENCE; 2 CELESTIAL DIVINATION IN CONTEXT; 3 PERSONAL CELESTIAL DIVINATION: THE BABYLONIAN HOROSCOPES; 4 SOURCES FOR HOROSCOPES IN ASTRONOMICAL TEXTS; 5 SOURCES FOR HOROSCOPES IN THE EARLY ASTROLOGICAL TRADITION; 6 THE SCRIBES AND SCHOLARS OF MESOPOTAMIAN CELESTIAL SCIENCE; 7 THE CLASSIFICATION OF MESOPOTAMIAN CELESTIAL INQUIRY AS SCIENCE.
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This book, first published in 2004, examines the various ways the heavens were studied and understood in ancient Mesopotamia.  Read more...

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