Text #3630Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotation .
Few actual observations are noted in the Astrological Reports to Assyrian Kings, although prognostications such as the following give such detailed astronomical circumstances as to imply real observations:
“If the Sun at its rising is like a crescent and wears a crown like the Moon: the king will capture his enemy’s land; evil will leave the land, and (the land) will experience good…’ [From Ras]il the older, servant of the king “ [Trans. Hunger (1992, p. 220).]
The above eclipse has been identified by Parpola (1983) as that of BC 669 May 27. Rasil was a Babylonian scribe so that the place of observation may be presumed as somewhere in Babylonia.