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Saturn as the "Sun of Night" in Ancient Near Eastern tradition

  title={Saturn as the "Sun of Night" in Ancient Near Eastern tradition},
  author={Marinus Anthony van der Sluijs and Peter James},
This article tackles two issues in the "proto-astronomical" conception of the planet Saturn, first attested in Mesopatamia and followed by the Greeks and Hindus: the long-standing problem of Saturn's baffling association with the Sun: and why Saturn was deemed to be "black". After an extensive consideration of explanations offered from the 5th century to the 21st. as well as some new "thought experiments", we suggest that Saturn's connection with the Sun had its roots in the observations that… Expand
The Fall of Phaethon in Context: A New Synthesis of Mythological, Archaeological and Geological Evidence
The well-known classical myth of Phaethon must be the earliest recorded cautionary tale about teenage driving: taking control of the chariot of his father, the Sun-god, Phaethon set the world ablazeExpand
The Conceptual Image of the Planets in Ancient Iran and the Process of Their Demonization: Visual Materials and Models of Inclusion and Exclusion in Iranian History of Knowledge.
An intellectual journey into a net of mutual cultural and spiritual relations, focusing on the image of the heaven (and of its celestial beings), thereby proposing a new synthesis and highlighting a number of intercultural contaminations. Expand


A Firmament above Thebes: Uncovering the Constellations of Ancient Egyptians
The study of ancient sacred sources permits us to say that the ancient Egyptians had a complete set of constellations covering the whole sky that could be seen from Egyptian latitudes. There were twoExpand
Astronomy in Ancient Egypt
THE traditional view that the knowledge of astronomy of the Greece of classical times had been derived from Egypt, a view to which the writings of the Greeks themselves lent support, has lost favourExpand
On Cometary Theory and Typology From Nechepso-Petosiris Through Apuleius To Servius
In summary we have as follows, leaving aside here the complex and important cometary theories of the pre-socratics, Aristotle, and the Stoics. First, ca. 145-35 B.C.E. Nechepso-Petosiris wrote a bookExpand
Chapter Six. Benefic And Malefic Planets In Babylonian Astrology
In Babylonian astronomical literature of the Seleucid period, the five planets are enumerated in the following sequence: ၯၬၫၰၮ. This arrangement has nothing to do with a spatial arrangement of theExpand
Etymological dictionary of Greek
A must-have research tool that should be on every classicist's desk. The first comprehensive etymological dictionary of Greek in the English language Greek is among the most intensely and widelyExpand
Astronomy and authorship
A new edition of the astronomical compilation MUL.APIN follows closely upon the recent publication of two sections of the large compendium of Babylonian astronomical omens known as Enuma Anu Enlil.1Expand
Exploring Ancient Skies: An Encyclopedic Survey of Archaeoastronomy
1. Historical Perspectives PART 1: ASTRONOMICAL BACKGROUND 2. Principal Features of the Sky / 3. Observational Methods and Problems / 4. Time and the Calendar / 5. Transient Phenomena PART II:Expand
Early Physics and Astronomy: A Historical Introduction
O Pederson and M Pihl London: Macdonald and Janes 1974 pp 413 price £10.95 It seems somewhat paradoxical that the publishers should assert that this book is designed to fill a 'major gap in theExpand
The exact sciences in antiquity.
  • O. Neugebauer
  • History, Computer Science
  • Acta historica scientiarum naturalium et medicinalium
  • 1951
The origin of the history of science in classical readings questions for discussion iup personal websites read about drew brees trupin the source of the materiality of time in antiquity materiale textkulturen. Expand