Ancient Zodiacs, Star Names, and Constellations: Essays and Critiques

All essays written by Gary D. Thompson

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Part 1: Investigating the Origin of the Constellations

Essay One (1): Methodologies for Investigating Constellation Origins.

Essay Two (2): The Constellation Detectives.

Essay Three (3): Carl Gottlieb Swartz (Svartz/Schwartz).

Essay Four (4): Biographies of Modern Historians of Ancient Occidental Astral Sciences.

Part 2: General History of the Constellations

Essay Five (5): An Outline Sketch of the Origin and History of Constellations and Star-Names.

Essay Six (6): The Origin of the Greek Constellations: A Synopsis.

Essay Seven (7): Chronological Development of Mesopotamian Star-Lists in the Second Millennium BCE.

Essay Eight (8): The Entry of Arabic Star Names into Europe.

Part 3: Babylonian Astronomy

Essay Nine (9): A Chronological History of Babylonian Astronomy.

Essay Ten (10): The Influence of Religion and Astronomy on the Development of Astrology.

Essay Eleven (11): The Origin of the Zodiac.

Essay Twelve (12): The Myth of Babylonian Knowledge of Precession.

Part 4: Greek Astronomy

Essay Thirteen (13): Early Greek Astronomers and Astronomy.

Part 5: The Panbabylonism Fantasy

Essay Fourteen (14): The Development, Heyday, and Demise of Panbabylonism.

Essay Fifteen (15): Critics and Criticisms of Hamlet's Mill.

Part 6: Critiques of Popular Theories

Some comments: Some comments on issues relating to particular critiques.

Essay Sixteen (16): Critique of Willy Hartner's Astronomical Interpretation of Lion-Bull Combat Iconography.

Essay Seventeen (17): Critique of Alexander Gurshtein's Theory of Constellation Development.

Essay Eighteen (18): Critique of John McHugh's Astronomical Interpretation of Noah's Flood.

Essay Nineteen (19): Matthew's Star an Historical Fiction.

Essay Twenty (20): Critique of Clyde Hostetter's Ideas on Mesopotamian Bronze Age Astronomy.

Essay Twenty-One (21): Some Critical Comments on "Origins of the Ancient Constellations" by John Rogers.

Essay Twenty-Two (22): David Ulansey and the Origin(s) of Mithraism. (To be posted shortly.)

Part 7: Star Names and Constellations in the First Millennium BCE

Essay Twenty-Three (23): Mesopotamian Star Lists and Star Names in the First Millennium BCE.

Essay Twenty-Four (24): Greek Constellations and Constellation Myths in the First Millennium BCE.

Essay Twenty-Five (25): The Influence of Babylonian Uranography on the Origin of the Greek Constellations.

Part 8: Time-Keeping

Essay Twenty-Six (26): Notes on the Origin of the Seven Day Week.

Essay Twenty-Seven (27): A Brief History of the "Phantom Time" Delusion and its Main Advocates.

Essay Twenty-Eight (28): The Great Year and its Confusion With the Precessional Year.

Part 9: Pioneering Astral Mythologists and Archaeoastronomers

Essay Twenty-Nine (29): Some Forgotten Early Astral Mythologists and Archaeoastronomers.

Part 10: The Catholic Church and Astronomy in the Middle Ages

Essay Thirty (30): The Roman Catholic Church and Astronomy in the Middle Ages: Some Notes on Facts and Fallacies.

Part 11: Book Reviews

Essay Thirty-One (31): Mesopotamian Astrology: The Mother of Modern Astronomy by Swapan Kumar Adhikari (2009).

Part 12: Miscellaneous

Essay Thirty-Two (32): A Brief History of Observations of the Zodiacal Light.

Essay Thirty-Three (33): Babylonian Pole Star(s)?

Essay Thirty-Four (34): Essay Review of the Ideas Behind The Babylonian Astrolabe: The Calendar of Creation by Rumen Kolev (2013).

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