Episode 27. Reinhard Pirngruber: Babylonian astronomical diaries: show notes

Reinhard reveals the wealth of information recorded in the so-called “astronomical diaries”. The astronomical component was, and still is, a valuable resource. But there is so much more. The diaries document fascinating historical details, help us understand the Babylonian economy, and offer remarkable details about the ancient environment.

2:32 introduction to astronomical diaries

5:40 what do the diaries say?

10:37 who wrote them?

12:21 why were they written?

13:47 why are they important?

16:23 relation to other texts

19:19 what they tell us about the Babylonian economy

22:21 what they tell us about the environment

25:21 computer aided analysis

Reinhard’s Academia page: https://oeaw.academia.edu/ReinhardPirngruber

Music by Ruba Hillawi

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