A Coptic Dictionary (Oxford University Press academic by W. E. Crum PDF

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It is only when a planet happens to be in the same sign as the sun on the date of birth that a synodic phenomenon will be mentioned in the text. For the most part, the longitudesare given with respectto the names of the zodiacal signs. 45 ? 2. 46Observationof all the synodic phenomenais attestedin the astronomical diaries, where the following phenomena are recorded (designatedby Greek Letter in accordancewith Neugebauer's notation in ACT): For the inner planets Venus and Mercury, in sequence E first visibility in the west (as evening star) T first station (evening) Q last visibility in the west (as evening star) r first visibility in the east (as morning star) 1) second station (morning) 2 last visibility in the east (as morning star) For the outer planets Saturn,Jupiter, and Mars r first visibility in the east (morning rising) 1 fist station (morning) e acronychal rising (evening rising, roughly equivalent to opposition) P second station (evening) Q last visibility in the west (as evening star) 45 46 See Texts 9, 10, 16a, 16b, 21, 23, and 27.

5. ii 15, a procedure text for computing the day of last visibility of the moon. 40 Babylonian Horoscopes datarepresentextractsfromdiariesin the sameway as do the normalstar referencesto the positionof the moon. "32 in the interpretationof a personalhoroscope,but this is sheer figure zodiacalpositionsof the moon on At speculation. anyrate,corresponding are not the datesof NA andKUR providedin the horoscopetexts. None of the Urukhoroscopes includethe lunarthree,despitetheirgivinga positionof the moon in the ecliptic.

The Babylonian convention of writing 30 following the month name meant that day 1 fell on the "30th" day of the preceding month. This succinctly indicated that the precedingmonth was hollow, or had 29 days. The number 1 following the month name indicatedthat the previous month had 30 days, or was full. DIRI= Addaruarku intercalaryAddaru Note that the intercalarysixth month UlIlu arku , which is found in the late Babylonian astronomicaltexts, is not used, or at least is not attested, in the horoscopes.

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