Geographical sites:

  • Babylon (click here to focus in map) (see also Pleiades #893951)
    Pleiades_icon Babylon urban, settlement Geocontext: Tell Amran
    Description: The ancient city of Babylon began as an Akkadian city-state founded by Amorites in 1894 BC. The city was also the seat of the Neo-Babylonian Empire from 608 to 539 BC.


Text #3857

Abraham Sachs, Hermann Hunger. Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia
[pp. 291--299]

A: BM 45998 + 46049
B: BM 33044 + 33047

6’- the water entered into the city … […]
7’ - […] a woman gave birth, and there were two (babies) joined to each other, they had one head, four eyes, four legs […]
11 ‘ – a rainbow whose shine was red [stretched] from the north to the south side.

8’ – […] Night of the 14th, moonrise to sunset: 2° 20’, measured (despite) mist. When (the point) 5° behind μ Herculis culminated, lunar eclipse; when it began on the south and east side, […]
9’ – […] when it began [to clear], it cleared in 13° of night from the south to the north and east; 27° onset and clearing; its eclipse had the “garment of the sky”; in […]
10’ – […Mer]cury set; during clearing, Saturn came out; the remainder of the planets did not stand there; 3 cubits behind the small star which is 2 ½ cubits behind [δ Capricorni it was eclipsed …]

4’ – […] a meteor which was very bright flashed in the middle of the sky from west to east.

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