The Babylonian Astronomical Compendium MUL.APIN

1st Edition

Hermann Hunger, John Steele

Routledge
Published July 26, 2018
Reference - 246 Pages
ISBN 9781138050471 - CAT# Y330638
Series: Scientific Writings from the Ancient and Medieval World

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Summary

MUL.APIN, written sometime before the 8th century BC, was the most widely copied astronomical text in ancient Mesopotamia: a compendium including information such as star lists, descriptions of planetary phases, mathematical schemes for the length of day and night, a discussion of the luni-solar calendar and rules for intercalation, and a short collection of celestial omens. This book contains an introductory essay, followed by a new edition of the text and a facing-page transliteration and English translation. Finally, the book contains a new and detailed commentary on the text. This is a fascinating study, and an important resource for anyone interested in the history of astronomy.

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