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  • Assyria (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #29492)
    Pleiades_icon (As)Syria region Geocontext: Barrington Atlas grid 3 C2
    Description: An ancient place, cited: BAtlas 3 C2 (As)Syria


Text #3633

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

Among clearly expressed observations among the Assyrian astrological reports, the most detailed relates to the solar eclipse of BC 657 Apr 15 (Parpola, 1983). This event is recorded on a badly damaged British Museum tablet:

“On the 28th day, at 2 1/2 double hou[rs of the day… ] in the west [… ] it also cover[ed…] 2 fingers towards […] it made [an eclipse], the east wind […] the north wind ble[w. This is its interpretation]…” From [Akkullanu]. [Trans. Hunger, Astrological Reports to Assyrian Kings, (1992, p. 63).]

Akkullanu, the writer of a number of surviving texts, was an Assyrian scribe.

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