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date: 22 September 2020

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This article examines the systems of divinatory interpretation in ancient Mesopotamia. Based on the sustained transmission of the tradition as well as the sheer amount of textual evidence, this article suggests that divination must have played an important role in the second and first millennium cuneiform cultures of Babylonia and Assyria. It describes two of the major divinatory disciplines: extispicy and omen astrology as practised at the Neo-Assyrian court in the second quarter of the first millennium bc.

Keywords: divinatory interpretation, ancient Mesopotamia, textual evidence, divination, cuneiform cultures, Babylonia, Assyria, extispicy, omen astrology

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