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By N. M. Swerdlow

In the second one millennium b.c., Babylonian scribes assembled an enormous choice of astrological omens, believed to be indicators from the gods in regards to the kingdom's political, army, and agricultural fortunes. the significance of those omens used to be such that from the 8th or 7th until eventually the 1st century, the scribes saw the heavens nightly and recorded the dates and destinations of ominous phenomena of the moon and planets in terms of stars and constellations. The observations have been prepared in per 30 days reviews in addition to striking occasions and costs of agricultural commodities, the thing being to discover correlations among phenomena within the heavens and prerequisites on the earth. those collections of omens and observations shape the 1st empirical technology of antiquity and have been the root of the 1st mathematical technology, astronomy. For it was once chanced on that planetary phenomena, even though abnormal and occasionally hid via undesirable climate, recur in restricted classes inside of cycles during which they're repeated on approximately a similar dates and in approximately a similar locations.

N. M. Swerdlow's publication is a examine of the gathering and statement of ominous celestial phenomena and of the way durations of time, destinations by means of zodiacal signal, and cycles within which the phenomena recur have been used to minimize them to only arithmetical computation, thereby surmounting the best predicament to commentary, undesirable climate. The paintings marks a amazing improve in our realizing of either the starting place of clinical astronomy and the astrological divination wherein the kingdoms of historical Mesopotamia have been governed.

Originally released in 1998.

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