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Weather omens of Enuma Anu Enlil; thunderstorms, wind and rain (tablets 44-49).


Weather omens of Enuma Anu Enlil; thunderstorms, wind and rain (tablets 44-49).

Ed. by Erlend Gehlken.



333 pages



Cuneiform monographs; 43


A specialist mainly in late Babylonian texts from Uruk, Gehlken (U. of Frankfurt on Main) also writes on Mesopotamian astronomy. Here he examines the second half of the weather section of the Assyro-Babylonian omen series Enuma Anu Enlil. Tablets 44-46 record thunder omens, he says, 47 treats lightning, rainbows, and earthquakes; and 48 refers to rain, fog, and mud. After an incompletely preserved tablet 49, the series begins the stars and planets section. Taking each tablet in turn, he presents the omens and explanations transliterated into Roman script, a translation, and commentary. The first half of the weather section, tablets 36-41 has not been published; it deals mainly with mist, clouds, dawn, and the glow of sunset.

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