Item description for Astral Sciences in Mesopotamia (Handbook of Oriental Studies/Handbuch Der Orientalistik) by Hermann Hunger & David Pingree...
Astronomy and astrology, or the astral sciences, played an enormous, if not key role in the political and religious life of the Ancient Near East, and, later, of the Greek and Roman world. This is the first comprehensive and up-to-date account of the origins of the astral sciences in the Ancient Near East. Every type of Sumerian or Akkadian text dealing with descriptive or mathematical astronomy, including many individual tablets are thoroughly dealt with. All aspects, such as the history of discovery, reconstruction, and interpretation come to the fore, accompanied by a full bibliography.
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A Standard Reference for the Exact Sciences Feb 8, 2008
I first read it at the Turpin Library at the Dallas Theological Seminary. I found myself re-reading it so many times I decided to buy it. For those interested in the history of Mesopotamia and the role of the exact sciences, this is an indispensable reference book. They are two authorities with a precise command of the subject matter and understanding of the "good stuff" that has been written in the past and the promising follow-up research leading to the present. They strike you as being intellectually honest and just let the subject matter speak for itself. For non-Assyriologists like me it is a very helpful guide to the scholarly translation effort on thousands of cuneiform texts. Despite the complexity of the subject, it is well-organized and very readable. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject. The authors work has been indispensable to further research for my own book: The Ancient 360 Day Year: What It Was... How It Changed