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Review: Babylonian Astrological Omens and Their Stars

Reviewed Works: Babylonian Planetary Omens. Part One. Enūma Anu Enlil, Tablet 63: The Venus Tablet of Ammiṣaduqa by Erica Reiner; Babylonian Planetary Omens. Part Two. Enūma Anu Enlil, Tablets 50-51 by Erica Reiner
Review by: W. G. Lambert
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 107, No. 1 (Jan. - Mar., 1987), pp. 93-96
DOI: 10.2307/602955
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/602955
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Abstract

A fundamentally new edition of the remains of the Babylonian omen series about heavenly bodies and the weather has begun to appear in fascicles. A much more complete and reliable text is being offered, and serious study of the purpose and meaning is given. The first fascicle concerns Venus observations, relevant for dating the First Dynasty of Babylon, with both philological and astronomical explanation. The second deals with more recondite material derived from omens about stars. Identifications of many of these stars are proposed, based on the ancient star-lists, but a wider-based research will be necessary before the identifications can be considered as established.

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