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Melothesia in Babylonia. Medicine, Magic, and Astrology in the Ancient Near East (2014)

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Abstract

This book examines the Babylonian backgroundof melothesia, the science of charting zodiac influences on the human body, which transformed older divination by connecting astrology with medical techniques. Special attention is given to a text from late-5th-century Uruk, which is argued to be an important representative of this new approach to the healing arts, previously only known from Greek and medieval astrology.

Keywords

astrology, medicine, magic, melothesia

Languages

English

Publisher

De Gruyter

ISBN

9781614516934, 9781614517757, 9781614519348

Pages

112

DOI

10.1515/9781614516934

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