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The Heavenly Writing - Divination, Horoscopy, and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture (Electronic book text)
The Heavenly Writing - Divination, Horoscopy, and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture (Electronic book text): Francesca Rochberg

The Heavenly Writing - Divination, Horoscopy, and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture (Electronic book text)

Francesca Rochberg

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In antiquity, the expertise of the Babylonians in matters of the heavens was legendary and the roots of both western astronomy and astrology are traceable in cuneiform tablets going back to the second and first millennia BC. The Heavenly Writing, first publsiehd in 2004, discusses the place of Babylonian celestial divination, horoscopy, and astronomy in Mesopotamian intellectual culture. Focusing chiefly on celestial divination and horoscopes, it traces the emergence of personal astrology from the tradition of celestial divination and the use of astronomical methods in horoscopes. It further takes up the historiographical and philosophical issue of the nature of these Mesopotamian 'celestial sciences' by examining elements traditionally of concern to the philosophy of science, without sacrificing the ancient methods, goals, and interests to a modern image of science. This book will be of particular interest to those concerned with the early history of science.

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Imprint: Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: November 2006
First published: 2004
Authors: Francesca Rochberg
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 360
ISBN-13: 978-0-511-22754-7
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > General
Books > Humanities > History > World history > BCE to 500 CE
Books > History > World history
Books > History > World history > BCE to 500 CE
Books > Religion & Spirituality > General
LSN: 0-511-22754-X
Barcode: 9780511227547

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