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  • Babylon (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #727082)
    Pleiades_icon Babylon settlement, fort Geocontext: Fostat, Cairo
    Description: An ancient fortified city of the Delta of Egypt, located at Babylon in the area today known as Coptic Cairo.


Text #3630

Stephenson. Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotation
[p. 125]

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.

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