The Heavenly Writing

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The Heavenly Writing

By 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.

Subject: Social Sciences -> History -> Ancient & Classical History

The Heavenly Writing
Divination, Horoscopy, and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 9/27/04
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 051122754X
ISBN 13: 9780511227547
Print ISBN: 9780521830102

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