Melothesia in Babylonia: Medicine, Magic, and Astrology in the Ancient Near East

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Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, 10.11.2014 - 112 Seiten
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This book examines the Babylonian background of melothesia, the science of charting zodiac influences on the human body, which transformed older divination by connecting astrology with medical techniques. Special attention is given to a text from late-5th-century Uruk, which is argued to be an important representative of this new approach to the healing arts, previously only known from Greek and medieval astrology.

 

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Globalisation of Knowledge
1
I The Uruk taxonomy SBTU I 43
3
II Uruk Astral Magic BRM 4 20 and BRM 4 19
27
Before the Zodiac
47
IV Ancient Aramaic and Greek Parallels
69
V Astrological Interpretation of SBTU I 43
73
VI Melothesia
77
VII Concluding Hypothesis
91
Modern Reflections
95
Indices
97
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Über den Autor (2014)

Mark Geller, Free University, Berlin.

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