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04/11/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Rostovtzeff Lecture Series: The Sky over Ancient Iraq: Babylonian Astronomy in Context

Lecture IV: Astronomers, Temples, and Society: Babylonian Astronomy in Context

Mathieu Ossendrijver

The fourth lecture will discuss the scholars who pursued astronomy and their institutional, religious, social and economic context. This takes us to the main temples of Babylon and Uruk, in which most of the Babylonian astronomers were employed during the second half of the first millennium BCE. The lecture will also explore how the astral sciences were increasingly linked to other branches of Babylonian scholarship and what role astronomy and astrology played in Babylonian society.
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