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Assyrian star planisphere found in the library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal (Aur-bani-apli reigned 668-627 BCE) at Nineveh. The function of this unique 13-cm diameter clay tablet, in which the principal constellations are positioned in eight sectors, is disputed but the texts and drawings appea...
  B A B Y L O N I A N    A S T R O N O M Y I. Babylonian astronomy was developed primarily as mathematical theory, and in later times observation played a surprisingly minor role. A partial list of the records of observations which have survived would include: A. Venus tablets o...
A David Darling Home About Encyclopedias My Books My Album Contact Search Search Babylonian astronomy Babylonian astronomy goes back at least as far as 1,800 BC and centers mainly on the problem of establishing an accurate calendar, so that the emphasis was on recording and calculating the motions ...
Livius.org Articles on ancient history   Kidinnu, the Chaldaeans, and Babylonian astronomy Kidinnu or Cidenas: famous Babylonian astronomer (fourth century BCE?).Babylonian Astronomy Tablet with a list of eclipses between 518 and 465, mentioning the death of king Xerxes The Greek geographer St...
According to Asger Aaboe , the origins of Western astronomy can be found in Mesopotamia , and all Western efforts in the exact sciences are descendants in direct line from the work of the late Babylonia n astronomers. Modern knowledge of Sumerian astronomy is indirect, via the earliest Babylonian st...
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