Babylonian Horoscopes

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American Philosophical Society, 1998 - Foreign Language Study - 164 pages
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Interpretations of heavenly phenomena as signs of the future was a Mesopotamian tradition of great antiquity. The practice of Babylonian celestial divination, spanning a period from ca. 1800 B.C. to Hellenistic times, is known in the form of celestial omens portending the life of the king and the stability of the state. Emerging for the first time in the fifth century B.C., horoscopes reflect the application of the ideal and practice of celestial divination to the life of the individual. This is the first complete edition of the extant cuneiform horoscopes--with transcription and philological and astronomical commentary. It is the first study to offer a systematic description of the documents as a definable class of Babylonian astronomical/astrological texts.

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Page 42 - ... procedure for latitude of the moon month by month. 12 (degrees is) the width of the road of the moon. 2,24 (from) the middle is the 'nodal zone'.
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Page 12 - G. OFFNER, A propos de la sauvegarde des tablettes en AssyroBabylonie, RA 44 (1950) 135 — 143.
Page 50 - Venus in 4° Taurus. The place of Venus (means): Wherever he may go. it will be favorable (for him); he will have sons and daughters. Mercury in Gemini, with the Sun. The place of Mercury (means): The brave one will be first in rank, he will be more important than his brothers. . . . Saturn: 6° Cancer. Mars: 24° Cancer — The 22nd and 23rd of each month — The Babylonian date of this "horoscope" is equivalent to 3 (and 4) June 235 BC.
Page 24 - Planetary, Lunar and Solar Positions, 601 BC to AD 1, at Five-Day and Ten-Day Intervals...
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Page 114 - Translation 1 Year 122 (AE), which is 2 Year 186 (SE) Arsaces was king. 3 Abu, 30. Moonset after sunrise on the 15th. 4 Night of the 24th in the last part of the night, the child was born. 5 At that time, the moon was in Gemini, 6 sun in Leo, Jupiter and Saturn 7 in Pisces, Venus in Leo, 8 Mercury and Mars which had set 9 were not visible, rev.
Page 137 - Jupiter 5 in Sagittarius in 24°, Venus in Gemini 6 in 13°, Saturn in Aquarius in 15°, 7 Mars in Libra in 14°, Mercury which had set was not visible. 8 Nisannu [....] Ie 1 27...
Page 118 - Pisces, in excess of [two-thirds] 3 of the disk it (the moon) made. 4 On the 28th (of Abu), an eclipse of the sun in Virgo; 5 when watched for (it) was not observed. 6 On the 22nd before sunrise, (moon) 24° in Cancer, 7 On the 23rd before sunrise, (moon) 9° in Leo. Commentary obv. 4: Some discussion of the moon's position with respect to "SAG A