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> > Your reservations about the date of babylonian astrology are in order.
> > However, certain observations are called for. Although astrology is a
> > late comer to Mesopotamian science, astral divination is much older.
> > Stars and planets were considered bearers of omens as early as the
> > old-babylonian period and probably even before that. Mathematical
> > astronomy developed much later after centuries of star-gazing and
> > meticulous observation. Astrology is some kind of new phenomenon not to
> > be confused with the others.
Were there not astrological texts found among the Ebla tablet
cache? What is the date of the ruins of the astrological school/temple
at the site of Abu-Habbah (Sippar)? I was under the impression that
it was an Old Babylonian (Sumerian) site.