In the path of the Moon : Babylonian celestial divination and its legacy /
by Francesca Rochberg.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
xxii, 445 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
9004183892 (Cloth), 9789004183896 (Cloth)
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010.
9004183892 (Cloth)
9789004183896 (Cloth)
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Francesca Rochberg, Ph.D. University of Chicago, is Catherine and William Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She has published widely on Babylonian divination and sciences, including Babylonian Horoscopes (American Philosophical Society, 1998) and The Heavenly Writing: Divination, Horoscopy and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
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This collection of essays investigates features of Babylonian celestial divination with special focus on those aspects that influenced later Greco-Roman astronomy, astrology, and theories of signs.
Description for Reader
All those interested in cuneiform intellectual culture, Babylonian divination, astrology, and astronomy, as well as Assyriologists, Classicists, historians of Near Eastern and Mediterranean antiquity, and historians of science.
Main Description
Celestial divination, in the form of omens from lunar, planetary, astral, and meteorological phenomena, was central to Mesopotamian cuneiform scholarship and science from the late second millennium BCE into the Hellenistic period. Beyond the boundaries of ancient Mesopotamia, the ideas, texts, and traditions of Babylonian celestial divination are traceable in Hellenistic sciences and philosophies. This collection of essays investigates features of Babylonian celestial divination with special focus on those aspects that influenced later Greco-Roman astronomy, astrology, and theories of signs. A multi-faceted collection of philological, historical, and philosophical investigations, In the Path of the Moon offers Assyriologists, Classicists, and historians of ancient science a wide-ranging series of studies unified around the theme of Babylonian celestial divinations legacy.
Main Description
In the Path of the Moonoffers a collection of essays concerning Babylonian celestial divination. It investigates various aspects of cuneiform celestial omens, horoscopes, and astronomy and their wide-ranging influences on later Hellenistic scienc
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Prefacep. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Fate and Divination in Mesopotamiap. 19
New Evidence for the History of Astrologyp. 31
Canonicity in Cuneiform Textsp. 65
The Assumed 29th A$$$û Tablet of Enuma Anu Enlilp. 85
TCL 6 13: Mixed Traditions in Late Babylonian Astrologyp. 113
Benefic and Malefic Planets in Babylonian Astrologyp. 135
Elements of the Babylonian Contribution to Hellenistic Astrologyp. 143
Babylonian Seasonal Hoursp. 167
Babylonian Horoscopy: The Texts and Their Relationsp. 189
Continuity and Change in Omen Literaturep. 211
The Babylonian Origins of the Mandaean Book of the Zodiacp. 223
Scribes and Scholars: The Tup¿ar Enuma Anu Enlilp. 237
Lunar Data in Babylonian Horoscopesp. 257
A Babylonian Rising Times Scheme in Non-Tabular Astronomical Textsp. 271
Old Babylonian Celestial Divinationp. 303
The Heavens and the Gods in Ancient Mesopotamia: The View from a Polytheistic Cosmologyp. 317
A Short History of the Waters above the Firmamentp. 339
Periodicities and Period Relations in Babylonian Celestial Sciencesp. 355
Conditionals, Inference, and Possibility in Ancient Mesopotamian Sciencep. 373
"If P, then Q": Form and Reasoning in Babylonian Divinationp. 399
Divine Causality and Babylonian Divinationp. 411
Bibliographyp. 425
Indexp. 439
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