Book ID: CBB593986495

The Cuneiform Uranology Texts: Drawing the Constellations (2017)


Beaulieu, Paul-Alain (Author)
Frahm, Eckart Erich Marcel (Author)
Horowitz, Wayne (Author)
Steele, John M. (Author)

American Philosophical Society Press
Volume: Part 2

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 122
Language: English

The Cuneiform Uranology Texts: Drawing the Constellations presents a newly recovered group of cuneiform texts from first millennium Babylonia and Assyria that provide prose descriptions of the drawing (eṣēru) of Mesopotamian constellations. The constellations are described in terms of their parts: body parts for constellations in human or animal form, parts of a wagon for ‘The Wagon’ and ‘Wagon of Heaven’ (the Big and Little Dipper), and so forth. The descriptions also typically speak of the clothing that constellations in human form wear, their beards if they are male, and paraphernalia that they hold or carry. In the case of ‘The Crab’ and ‘The Wagon,’ there also is reference to the Babylonian geometric shape apsamakku, this being a four-sided figure.

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Authors & Contributors
Steele, John M.
Horowitz, Wayne
Ratzon, Eshbal
Francesca Minen
Kurtik, Gennady E.
Hughes, Jamie Hacker
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Sciamvs: Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences
Revue d'Histoire des Mathématiques
University Press of Colorado
University of Chicago Press
Cuneiform inscriptions
Constellations; zodiac
Tablets; papyri
Herodotos of Halicarnassos
Time Periods
Shang dynasty (China, ca. 1766-1027 B.C.)
Zhou dynasty (China, 1122-221 B.C.)
21st century
Middle and Near East
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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