Article ID: CBB672604826

How Can We Incorporate Visual Evidence into the History of the Astral Sciences in Mesopotamia? (September 2020)


Steele, John M. (Author)

NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Volume: 28
Issue: 3
Pages: 305-324

Publication Date: September 2020
Edition Details: Special Issue: Imagining the Heavens. Historiographical Challenges and Eurasian Perspectives
Language: English

Significant progress has been made in understanding Mesopotamian astronomy and astrology since the decipherment of cuneiform tablets containing astronomical and astrological texts in the late nineteenth century. However, until now few attempts have been made to write a detailed history of the Mesopotamian astral sciences as opposed to detailed studies of particular texts and types of astronomy or astrology. My aim in this paper is to present some ideas of how such a history should be written and in particular to consider if and how visual evidence can be brought alongside textual evidence in the writing of this history.

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Article Sonja Brentjes; Dagmar Schäfer (September 2020) Visualizations of the Heavens Before 1700 as a Concern of the History of Science, Medicine and Technology. NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin (pp. 295-304). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Brown, David
Steele, John M.
Verderame, Lorenzo
Kurtik, G. E.
Hämeen-Anttila, Jaakko
Bernsen-Brack, Lis
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Journal for the History of Astronomy
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Osmanli Bilimi Arastirmalari: Studies in Ottoman Science
Università di Messina, Dipartimento di scienze dell'antichità
Cambridge University Press
Brill Styx
Celestial maps; star catalogs
Science and religion
Constellations; zodiac
Tablets; papyri
Time Periods
Early modern
Middle and Near East

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