Melothesia in Babylonia: Medicine, Magic, and Astrology in by Markham Judah Geller PDF
By Markham Judah Geller
This monograph starts off with a puzzle: a Babylonian textual content from past due fifth century BCE Uruk associating numerous ailments with physically organs, which has avoided interpretation. the right kind solution may well dwell in Babylonian astrology, because the improvement of the zodiac within the overdue fifth century BCE provided cutting edge techniques to the therapeutic arts. The zodiac—a technique of predicting the events of heavenly bodies—transformed older divination (such as hemerologies directory fortunate and unfortunate days) and brought extra favorable magical recommendations and scientific prescriptions, that are equivalent to these present in Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos and non-Hippocratic Greek medicine. Babylonian melothesia (i.e., the technological know-how of charting how zodiacal symptoms impact the human physique) deals the main most likely resolution explaining the Uruk tablet.
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Melothesia in Babylonia: Medicine, Magic, and Astrology in the Ancient Near East (Science, Technology, and Medicine in Ancient Cultures) by Markham Judah Geller