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Mesopotamian Divination Texts: Conversing with the Gods: Sources from the First Millennium BCE (Ulla Susanne Koch) Paperback Book, (Ugarit Verlag, 2015) 9783868351095
Mesopotamian Divination Texts: Conversing with the Gods: Sources from the First Millennium BCE (Ulla Susanne Koch) Paperback Book, (Ugarit Verlag, 2015) 9783868351095
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Title: Mesopotamian Divination Texts: Conversing with the Gods: Sources from the First Millennium BCE

Author: Koch, Ulla Susanne

Publisher: Ugarit Verlag; Publication Date: 2015

Paperback; ISBN: 9783868351095

Volumes: 1; Pages: 994

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Divination is one of the best documented intellectual and religious endeavours of Ancient Mesopotamia. Texts pertaining to divination appear already at the beginning of the 2nd millennium BCE and the tradition continued up until the very end of cuneiform culture. But the lifespan of Mesopotamian divination is much longer than two millennia. It gestated in the 3rd millennium and remnants live on to this day in astrology and astronomy. This volume is dedicated to the sources from the 1st millennium. They are rich and varied, consisting of technical and theoretical works, explanatory texts, commentaries as well as ephemeral sources for the practical use of divination in the life of king and commoner. From being the preserves of a very few specialists, divination has become an important topic of study with new text editions and studies appearing every year, this book provides a survey of the sources, as well as an introduction to the history, theory and practice of the various divination genres.

Contents

Acknowledgements

1. Introduction

1.1. Lay-Out and Scope of this Study

1.2. Textual Criticism: The Terminology

1.3. Post-Mesopotamian Reception and Rediscovery

1.4. Some Working Principles: The Link between Protasis and Apodosis

1.5. Taxonomy: Divination Types, Categories and Scholarly Fields of Expertise

1.6. The Diviners

1.7. The Divination Process

2. The Sources

2.1. Textual Genres

2.2. Textual History - An Overview

3. The Art of the Seer

3.1. Extispicy: Oracles Written in the Organs of a Sacrificial Animal

3.2. Lecanomancy: Oracles Written in a Bowl

3.3. Libanomancy: Oracles Written by Smoke

3.4. Necromancy: Invoking the Spirits

3.5. Aleuromancy: Oracles Written in Flour

3.6. Augury or ornithomancy: Divination from the Flight of Birds

3.7. Ornithoscopy: Bird Extispicy

3.8. Akiu Procession Oracle

3.9. Everyday Oracles

3.10. Omens from the Behaviour of the Seer

3.11. Omens from the Behaviour of the Sacrificial Lamb

4. The Art of the Scholar and the Art of the Exorcist

4.1. Omen Astrology: Celestial Signs Sent from the Gods

4.2. New Forms of Astrology

4.3. Omens from Meteors and Shooting Stars

4.4. The Omens of Days and Months - Calendar Divination

4.5. Omens from Everyday Phenomena on Earth: Terrestrial Omens

4.6. Signs from Birth Malformations: Teratological Omens

4.7. Omens from Illness and Health: Diagnostic-Prognostic Omens

4.8. Omens from Mankind: Signs from Human Appearance and ehaviour

5. Voices and Visions

5.1. The Words of the Gods: Prophecy

5.2. Signs and Messages in Dreams: Oneiromancy

6. Divination Texts in Ancient Tablet Collections

6.1. Collections in Temples

6.2. Collections in Palaces

6.3. Collections in Private Houses

7. Abbreviations

8. Bibliography

9. Indices

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