Interactions Between Greek and Babylonian Thought in Seleucid Uruk

  • Paul-Alain BeaulieuEmail author
Part of the Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter book series (WSAWM, volume 2)


This contribution investigates two aspects of the complex network of mutual influences between Greek and Babylonian knowledge in the late first millennium. The first one is the transformation of the ancient Mesopotamian constellation of the Hired Man into that of the Ram, better known through its Greek version inherited by the West. The other one raises the possibility that Pythagorean cosmological views might be reflected in a scholarly text from Uruk dated to the year 225 BCE.



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.University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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