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).
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