In the Path of the Moon: Babylonian Celestial Divination and Its Legacy

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BRILL, 2010 - 445 pages
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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 divination's legacy. "The collected essays in this volume, successive steps in an ordered path, constitute an invaluable contribution to a better understanding of Babylonian divination." "Lorenzo Verderame, "Sapienza" Universit di Roma"
 

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Table des matières

Introduction
1
Chapter One Fate and Divination in Mesopotamia
19
Chapter Two New Evidence for the History of Astrology
31
Chapter Three Canonicity in Cuneiform Texts
65
Chapter Four The Assumed 29th Ahu Tablet of Enuma Anu Enlil
85
Mixed Traditions in Late Babylonian Astrology
113
Chapter Six Benefic and Malefic Planets in Babylonian Astrology
135
Chapter Seven Elements of the Babylonian Contribution to Hellenistic Astrology
143
Chapter Thirteen Lunar Data in Babylonian Horoscopes
257
Chapter Fourteen A Babylonian Rising Times Scheme in NonTabular Astronomical Texts
271
Chapter Fifteen Old Babylonian Celestial Divination
303
The View from a Polytheistic Cosmology
317
Chapter Seventeen A Short History of the Waters above the Firmament
339
Chapter Eighteen Periodicities and Period Relations in Babylonian Celestial Sciences
355
Chapter Nineteen Conditionals Inference and Possibility in Ancient Mesopotamian Science
373
Form and Reasoning in Babylonian Divination
399

Chapter Eight Babylonian Seasonal Hours
167
The Texts and Their Relations
189
Chapter Ten Continuity and Change in Omen Literature
211
Chapter Eleven The Babylonian Origins of the Mandaean Book of the Zodiac
223
The Tupsar Enuma Anu Enlil
237
Chapter TwentyOne Divine Causality and Babylonian Divination
411
Bibliography
425
Index
439
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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 science, including "The Heavenly Writing: Divination, Horoscopy and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture" (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

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