” into thinking that this rather depressing prediction is just harmless folklore involving a menstruating pregnant woman (pp. 25–26, 194, 199). The folktale of the ten year pregnancy is, as Stol’s examples show, exclusively associated with mar- itime contexts, i.e. situations where a man would likely be
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’, see E richsen , Demotisches Glossar , p. 412. — The phrase dỉ ꜥn , ‘let be well’, is not otherwise attested in the self-dedications known to me. It was, however, clearly a desirable condition, since several divination texts contain the positive prediction ỉw=f r ꜥn , ‘he will be good’; e.g. P
The purpose of this chapter is to examine the astronomical knowledge, and more specifically the astronomical tools, that ancient astrologers in Mesopotamia and the Greco-Roman world possessed and used. Much of its content will be well known to specialists in ancient astronomy and astrology, but this is the first broad treatment of the topic. The roughly 1200-year evolution of astrological practice surveyed in this chapter is characterized by several shifts. First, interpretation of direct observations of the heavens was progressively supplanted by reliance on predicted astronomical data. Second, prediction based on the principle that astronomical phenomena observed in the past would approximately repeat after certain time intervals (called recurrence periods) gave way to mathematical models that had a more remote derivation from observations. Finally, astrologers became increasingly removed from the production of the astronomical information they used and increasingly dependent on published almanacs comprising precomputed data. This chapter is thus a contribution to understanding the expertise of an ancient astrologer as well as its limits.
of premonitory dreams predicting that a man named Yūsuf, Saladin’s private name, would defeat the Christians. Eddé asserts that ‘Not all these predictions were invented by Saladin’s propagandists for the needs of his cause’ (176). Indeed, in this special case of premonitory dreams we have a rare
show similarity with the West (166). These points resonate and Kang understandably declines to make predictions about the future. Nonetheless, this historian felt that Kang, as a political scientist with extensive historical knowledge of East Asia, was uniquely positioned to offer more specific
predicts”—i.e., the diviner foretells some portent that subsequently comes to pass ( אבו ). This interpretation can then account for the verb רבד in v. 3’s relative clause. It is a recapitulation of ןתנו in v. 2: the diviner offered the sign/wonder verbally as a prediction. 25 1 Kgs 13:3a employs similar
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eco- nomic thought has long since been abandoned. Paradoxically, the contemporaneous understanding of ancient history which inﬂuenced Hume, Malthus, Marx and Ricardo, and Smith is still alive in the “laws of economics.” It is thus appropriate that Marx’s theo- ries of value, Malthus’s predictions
the prediction recorded in another relatively early compilation: "There will come a time when the poor will go out raiding (scil. in the expeditions of the Holy War-k) while the rich will remain behind being busy with their land and cattle; these people will defile the religion of Who would be the