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Keeping Watch in Babylon: The Astronomical Diaries in Context (2019)


This volume of collected essays, the first of its kind in any language, investigates the Astronomical Diaries from ancient Babylon, a collection of almost 1000 clay tablets which, over a period of some five hundred years (6th century to 1st century BCE), record observations of selected astronomical phenomena as well as the economy and history of Mesopotamia and surrounding regions. The volume asks who the scholars were, what motivated them to ‘keep watch in Babylon’ and how their approach changed in the course of the collection’s long history. Contributors come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including Assyriology, Classics, ancient history, the history of science and the history of religion.

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Review Clifford Cunningham (2021) Review of "Keeping Watch in Babylon: The Astronomical Diaries in Context". Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage (pp. 234-236). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Steele, John M.
Yasuyuki Mitsuma
Reynolds, Frances
Powell, Robert
Swerdlow, Noel M.
Ossendrijver, Mathieu
Sciamvs: Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Indian Journal of History of Science
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Institute for the History of Science, Polish Academy of Science
Princeton University Press
Oxford University Press
MIT Press
Tablets; papyri
Cuneiform inscriptions
Pingree, David
Theon of Alexandria
Hipparchos of Rhodes
Time Periods
Babylon (extinct city)
Middle and Near East

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