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The earliest Babylonian horoscope (1)

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05 Scientific knowledge and scholarly lore

5th century BCE
Achaemenid Empire
Neo-Babylonian texts

Horoscope for the individual born in 13th January 410, but containing no interpretation.

Month Ṭebētu, the 24th, toward morning of the 25th, year 13 of Darius [II], the child was born. Month Kislīmu around the 15th, Mercury behind (= east of) Gemini, first visibility in the east. Month Ṭebētu: Ṭebētu 9 solstice; the 26th (last lunar visibility before sunrise); Month Šabaṭu: Šabaṭu dense clouds, around the 2nd Mercury in Capricorn last visibility in the east. Šabaṭu 14 Venus last visibility in the east in front of Aquarius; the year had an intercalary month Addaru. Month Tašrītu, the 22nd, Jupiter 2nd stationary point in front of Aquarius; around month Addaru, the 2nd, last visibility in Pisces. Month Duˀūzu, the 30th, Saturn first visibility in Cancer, high and faint, around the 26th (ideal) first visibility; Month Kislīmu, the seventh, first stationary point, Month Ṭebētu, the 17th, opposition. (The year had) an intercalary month Addaru.


Barton 1994, 15Barton, Tamsyn. Ancient Astrology. London, New York: Routledge 1994.
Rochberg-Halton 1988, 111ff.Rochberg-Halton, F. Aspects of Babylonian celestial divination. The lunar eclipse tablets of Enuma Anu Enlil. Archiv für Orientforschung, Beiheft 22. Horn: Ferdinand Berger 1988.

Amar Annus

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