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Mesopotamian planetary astronomy-astrology

Author: David Brown
Publisher: Groningen : Styx, 2000.
Series: Cuneiform monographs, 18.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Pliny wrote of Babylon that "here the creator of the science of astronomy was". Excavations have shown this statement to be true. This book argues that the earliest attempts at the accurate  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Observations
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brown, David, 1968-
Mesopotamian planetary astronomy-astrology.
Groningen : Styx, 2000
(OCoLC)988917284
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Brown
ISBN: 9056930362 9789056930363
OCLC Number: 44487886
Description: xii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. The Astronomer-Astrologers --
the Scholars. 1.1. Familial and Ancestral Relationships. 1.2. The Locations of the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian Scholars. 1.3. The Scholars' Relationship to the King. 1.4. Scholarly Interrelationships --
Ch. 2. The Planets and their Ominous Phenomena c. 750-612 B.C. --
Names and Terms. 2.1. The Planet-Names in Cuneiform, c. 750-612 B.C. 2.1.1. Discussion of the Associations between the Planets and their Names. 2.1.2. "Learned" Associations and Interpreting Chart 2.1. 2.2. The Ominous Phenomena and Configurations. 2.2.1. A Description of the Celestial Phenomena Afforded by Planets. 2.2.2. From c. 750 to 612 B.C. the following Planetary Phenomena were Ominous. 2.2.3. Comments and Comparisons with the Uninterpreted Observational Records --
Ch. 3. Celestial Divination --
The Enuma Anu Ellil (EAE) Paradigm. 3.1. Defining the Paradigm. 3.1.1. Omens. 3.1.2. Period Schemes. 3.1.3. Observational Texts. 3.1.4. Other Related Material. 3.2. Making the Heavens Interpretable with the EAE Paradigm. 3.2.1. The Rules of Omen Invention. 3.2.2. The EAE Paradigm Code. 3.2.3. Categorising the Universe --
Variable Reducing and Anomaly Producing. 3.3. Reflections on the EAE Paradigm --
Canonisation --
Ch. 4. The Prediction of Celestial Phenomena (PCP) Paradigm. 4.1. Defining the Paradigm. 4.1.1. What Phenomena were Predicted by the MAATs and the NMAATs? 4.1.2. How were the Predictions Made? 4.2. Evidence for the use of the PCP Paradigm between c. 750 and 612 B.C. 4.2.1. Accurate Records of Phenomena. 4.2.2. Knowledge of Characteristic Planetary Periods. 4.2.3. Calendar Regulation. 4.2.4. Pre-612 B.C. Predictions of Celestial Phenomena --
Ch. 5. A Revolution of Wisdom. 5.1. From the EAE Paradigm of the PCP Paradigm. 5.1.1. Internal Considerations. 5.1.2. External Considerations. 5.1.3. Philosophical Considerations. 5.2. Conclusions --
App. 1. A Chronological Bibliography of Cuneiform Astrological-Astronomical Texts --
App. 3. An Analysis of the Published EAE Planetary Omens.
Series Title: Cuneiform monographs, 18.
Responsibility: David Brown.
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