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Author Rochberg, Francesca, 1952-
Title The heavenly writing : divination, horoscopy, and astronomy in Mesopotamian culture / Francesca Rochberg.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Author Rochberg, Francesca, 1952-
Subject Astrology, Assyro-Babylonian.
Astronomy, Assyro-Babylonian.
Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 331 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-321) and indexes.
Note Print version record.
Summary 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 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.
Contents COVER; HALF-TITLE; TITLE; COPYRIGHT; DEDICATION; CONTENTS; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; ABBREVIATIONS; CHRONOLOGICAL REFERENCES AND AKKADIAN AND ASTRONOMICAL TERMINOLOGY; THE HEAVENLY WRITING; 1 THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF MESOPOTAMIAN SCIENCE; 2 CELESTIAL DIVINATION IN CONTEXT; 3 PERSONAL CELESTIAL DIVINATION: THE BABYLONIAN HOROSCOPES; 4 SOURCES FOR HOROSCOPES IN ASTRONOMICAL TEXTS; 5 SOURCES FOR HOROSCOPES IN THE EARLY ASTROLOGICAL TRADITION; 6 THE SCRIBES AND SCHOLARS OF MESOPOTAMIAN CELESTIAL SCIENCE; 7 THE CLASSIFICATION OF MESOPOTAMIAN CELESTIAL INQUIRY AS SCIENCE.
ISBN 0511230869 (electronic bk.)
9780511230868 (electronic bk.)
0511231636 (electronic bk.)
9780511231636 (electronic bk.)
9780511617409 (ebook)
0511617402 (ebook)
9780521830102 (hardback)
0521830109 (hardback)
1280703016
9781280703010
9786610703012
6610703019
0521830109 (Cloth)
OCLC # 252529707
Additional Format Print version: Rochberg, Francesca, 1952- Heavenly writing. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004 (DLC) 2004043566.


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