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By Francesca Rochberg

Interpretations of heavenly phenomena as indicators of the long run used to be a Mesopotamian culture of serious antiquity. The perform of Babylonian celestial divination, spanning a interval from ca. 1800 B.C. to Hellenistic occasions, is understood within the type of celestial omens portending the lifetime of the king and the soundness of the nation. rising for the 1st time within the 5th century B.C., horoscopes mirror the appliance of the precise and perform of celestial divination to the lifetime of the person. this can be the 1st entire version of the extant cuneiform horoscopes--with transcription and philological and astronomical statement. it's the first research to provide a scientific description of the records as a definable classification of Babylonian astronomical/astrological texts.

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