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A new discovery of a component of Greek astrology in Babylonian tablets: the "terms"

Author: Alexander Jones; John M Steele; New York University. Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.
Publisher: New York : Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2011.
Series: ISAW papers, no. 1
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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Two cuneiform astrological tablets in the British Museum provide the first evidence for Babylonian knowledge of the so-called "doctrine of the Terms" of Greco-Roman astrology (BM 36326 and BM 36628+36817+37197). Greek, Latin, and Egyptian astrological sources for the various systems of Terms and their origin are reviewed, followed by preliminary editions and translations of the relevant sections of the tablets. The  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Jones; John M Steele; New York University. Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.
OCLC Number: 768969647
Notes: Title from journal home page (ISAW Papers, viewed Dec. 16, 2011).
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume).
Series Title: ISAW papers, no. 1
Responsibility: Alexander Jones and John M. Steele.

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Two cuneiform astrological tablets in the British Museum provide the first evidence for Babylonian knowledge of the so-called "doctrine of the Terms" of Greco-Roman astrology (BM 36326 and BM 36628+36817+37197). Greek, Latin, and Egyptian astrological sources for the various systems of Terms and their origin are reviewed, followed by preliminary editions and translations of the relevant sections of the tablets. The system of Terms is shown to be so far the most technically complex component of Greek astrology to originate in Babylonia. Over the course of the Hellenistic period an Egyptian origin was ascribed to the systems of Terms as it was combined with components of Greek horoscopic astrology. By Ptolemy's day, this spurious history had largely displaced the true.

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