Astronomical Activity in the ‘House of the āšipus’ in Uruk

  • John SteeleEmail author
Part of the Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter book series (WSAWM, volume 2)


Among the large number of tablets containing scholarly texts that have been recovered from the so-called ‘house of the āšipus’ in Uruk are forty astronomical or astrological tablets. This chapter presents an analysis of this corpus of tablets and tries to establish their role within the scholarly archives of the two different families of āšipus who resided in this house during its two phases of occupation. It also considers whether they provide evidence of ongoing astronomical activity by the scholars who lived in the house and, if so, what that activity entailed.



The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. 269804.


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  1. 1.Department of Egyptology and AssyriologyBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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