Babylonian Astronomy. II. The Thirty-Six Stars

  title={Babylonian Astronomy. II. The Thirty-Six Stars},
  author={B. L. van der Waerden},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={6 - 26}
OUR knowledge of Old Babylonian astronomy is rather scanty. The only text which can with certainty be dated as far back as the Hammurapi Dynasty is represented by the Venus tablets of Ammisaduqa, discussed elsewhere.' Two more texts written in the second Millennium B.C. are extant: (a) Hilprecht's text HS 229, from Nippur; and (b) the so-called "astrolabes," lists of thirty-six stars connected with the twelve months of the year. Some authors have maintained that Hilprecht's text proves the… Expand
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