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Omen Lists in Babylonian Culture

Marc Van De Mieroop

in Philosophy before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157184
eISBN:
9781400874118
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157184.003.0004
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines Babylonian divinatory writings that guided the interpretation of the signs of the gods, with particular emphasis on the omen lists. These writings are overly abundant and highly ... More


The First Account of the Flood

Jean Bottéro

in Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748613878
eISBN:
9780748653584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613878.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

On December 1872, George Smith, one of the first to undertake the deciphering and listing of the thousands of cuneiform tablets from Assurbanipal's library discovered at Nineveh, announced that he ... More


The Dimming Glory

Aidan Dodson

in Monarchs of the Nile: New Revised Edition

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9789774167164
eISBN:
9781617977336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774167164.003.0017
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter looks at the Twenty-sixth Dynasty, during which Egypt had been engaged in interventions in Syria–Palestine in aid of the Assyrians. King Psamtek I is regarded as the founder of the ... More


Prophets and Kings

Martti Nissinen

in Ancient Prophecy: Near Eastern, Biblical, and Greek Perspectives

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198808558
eISBN:
9780191846083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808558.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter highlights the significance of prophecy for political decision-making from the point of view of royal ideology and communication between prophets and rulers, not forgetting the critical ... More


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