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The scaffolding of our thoughts : essays on Assyriology and the history of science in honor of Francesca Rochberg

Author: C Jay Crisostomo; Eduardo A Escobar; Terri Tanaka; Niek Veldhuis; Francesca Rochberg
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
Series: Ancient magic and divination, 13.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Francesca Rochberg has for more than thirty-five years been a leading figure in the study of ancient science. Her foundational insights on the concepts of "science," "canon," "celestial divination," "knowledge," "gods," and "nature" in cuneiform cultures have demanded continual contemplation on the tenets and assumptions that underlie the fields of Assyriology and the History of Science. "The Scaffolding of Our  Read more...
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Scaffolding of our thoughts.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2018
(DLC) 2018008028
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C Jay Crisostomo; Eduardo A Escobar; Terri Tanaka; Niek Veldhuis; Francesca Rochberg
ISBN: 9789004363373 9004363378
OCLC Number: 1023824063
Description: xx, 452 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Publications of Francesca Rochberg --
Where next for "ancient science"? / G.E.R. Lloyd --
Crow omens in Mesopotamia / Ann Kessler Guinan --
Old signs in new dress? : On the meaning of Inanna's symbol as sign and "presence" in OB divination / Abraham Winitzer --
Material, constellation, image, God : the fate of the chosen bull according to kar 50 and duplicates / Alan Lenzi --
A late Babylonian compilation concerning ritual timing and materia medica / Matthew Rutz --
Bm 40187 : a birthnote for two named individuals / Willis Monroe --
Converging fortunes-links between celestial and intestinal divination / Ulla Susanne Koch --
Sumerian divination / Jay Crisostomo --
The form and history of a Babylonian prayer to Nabu / Tzvi Abusch --
Translation in the elevation of Istar / Niek Veldhuis --
Judean scribalism, documentary epistemology, and the name / Jeffrey L. Cooley --
Dating eae : when was the astrological series Enuma Anu Ellil created? / Nils P. Heebel --
Bricoleurs in Babylonia : the scribes of Enuma Anu Enlil / Eduardo A. Escobar and Laurie E. Pearce --
The date of the accession of Nabonidus to the throne of Babylon :a reappraisal of the evidence / Grant Frame --
Intercalary months in Achaemenid Elamite administrative documents from Persepolis / Matthew W. Stolper --
The importance of experts : agents in the transfer of astral knowledge between Hellenistic Mesopotamia and the Greek-speaking world / Zoe Misiewicz --
Diodorus on the Chaldeans / Alexander Jones and John Steele --
Observing eclipses : an optical question in problemata / Alan C. Bowen --
Chaldeans on the Nile : two Egyptian astronomical procedure texts with Babylonian systems A1 and A2 for Mercury / Mathieu Ossendrijver and Andreas Winkler --
Clever machines and the gods who make them : the Antikythera Mechanism and the ancient Imagination / Daryn Lehoux.
Series Title: Ancient magic and divination, 13.
Responsibility: edited by C. Jay Crisostomo, Eduardo A. Escobar, Terri Tanaka, Niek Veldhuis.

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Francesca Rochberg has for more than thirty-five years been a leading figure in the study of ancient science. Her foundational insights on the concepts of "science," "canon," "celestial divination," "knowledge," "gods," and "nature" in cuneiform cultures have demanded continual contemplation on the tenets and assumptions that underlie the fields of Assyriology and the History of Science. "The Scaffolding of Our Thoughts" honors this luminary with twenty essays, each reflecting on aspects of her work. Following an initial appraisal of ancient "science" by Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, the contributions in the first half explore practices of knowledge in Assyriological sources. The second half of the volume focuses specifically on astronomical and astrological spheres of knowledge in the Ancient Mediterranean.

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