publication . Article . Other literature type . 2016

PLEIADES IN ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA

Verderame, L.;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2016
  • Publisher: Zenodo
Abstract
In this paper I will analyse the different features of the Pleiades in the astronomical, astrological, and calendrical interpretation as well as their mythical and cultural background in ancient Mesopotamia. According to cuneiform sources, the Pleiades are among the most important stars. They are simply known in Sumerian as ―the Stars‖ (MUL.MUL), while their Akkadian name, ―the Bristle‖ (zappu), links them to the imagery and the cultural context of the ―Bull of Heaven‖ constellation (Taurus), to which they belong. Pleiades are frequently depicted as seven dots or seven stars, and identified on a mythological level with groups of seven divine beings. In fact, the...
Subjects
free text keywords: calendar, Pleiades, Mesopotamia; cuneiforme; astronomia; astrologia; sette; pianeti; stelle, zodiac, seven, Babylonia, Mesopotamia, mythology
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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2016

PLEIADES IN ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA

Verderame, L.;