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Preliminaries

  • John M. SteeleEmail author
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology book series (BRIEFSHIST)

Abstract

Babylonian rising time schemes rely upon several concepts and techniques of Babylonian astronomy. This chapter outlines the Babylonian calendar (in particular the schematic calendar of 360 days), the tradition of schematic astronomy based upon the early astronomical work known as MUL.APIN, the use of the culmination of certain stars (known as Ziqpu Stars) to indicate specific moments of time, and the Babylonian development of the zodiac, a mathematical division of the ecliptic into twelve equal parts.

Keywords

Babylonian astronomy Calendar Culminating point MUL.APIN Schematic astronomy Ziqpu stars Zodiac 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Egyptology and AssyriologyBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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