Simboli e associazioni astrali nella glittica mesopotamica del Bronzo Tardo (Paperback)
The present book focuses on astral symbols as they are represented on Mitannian, Cassite and Middle Assyrian seals and seal impressions. Starting from an analysis of the symbols on a corpus of 1090 seals and seal impressions, those with astral significance have been identified and individually analyzed, as has their position in the scene. Furthermore, a study of the relationship between the symbols - both astral and non-astral - allows for the identification of some recurring patterns. The comparison of the representations with textual sources (e.g. astral omina and astronomical compendia) and the reconstruction of the Mesopotamian sky in the Late Bronze Age Period yields an understanding of the Mitannian, Cassite and Middle Assyrian perception of the heavens and of its link with religious behaviour and divination.