Mesopotamian star lists

Wayne Horowitz*

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Sumerian and Akkadian names of stars and constellations occur in cuneiform texts for over 2,000 years, from the third millennium BC down to the death of cuneiform in the early first millennium AD, but no fully comprehensive list was ever compiled in antiquity. Lists of stars and constellations are available in both the lexical tradition and astronomical-astrological tradition of the cuneiform scribes. The longest list in the former is that in the series Urra ¼ hubullu, in the latter, those in Mul-Apin.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationHandbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781461461418
ISBN (Print)9781461461401
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

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