The present booklet offers an up-to-date presentation of the Old Iranian (mostly Mazdean) cosmography and uranography, with an introduction into the scholarly debate about this intriguing subject. The text necessarily enters a number of astronomical and astrological subjects focusing on their development along the complex history of Pre-Islamic Iran and the first centuries of the Islamic domination. This synthetic overview tries also to emphasize some intercultural and inter-linguistic phenomena, which played an important impact on the Iranian history in its seminal relation with different worlds as the Mesopotamian, Indian, Graeco-Roman, Central-Asiatic and Chinese ones. A large bibliography concludes the study. 0. Introduction 9-10. 1.0. Main Lines of Pre-Islamic Iranian History 11-18. 2.0. Historiographical and Methodological Problems 19-47. 2.1. The Earliest Periods: 25-47. 2.1.1. The Ancient Iranian Uranography and Cosmography between Indo-Iranian traditions and Mesopotamian Heritage 25-29. 2.1.2. The cycle of Sirius and the role of the heavenly bodies 29-32. 2.1.2.1. The earliest data about the planets 32-46. 2.1.3. Time and Motion in ancient Iran 46-47 3.0. The Hellenistic and Parthian Phase 49-60. 3.1. The demonization of the planets 52-553.2. The planetary motion and its interpretation 56-60. 3.3. The two Luminaries and their dark Enemies; the case of the Celestial Dragon and its Effects. 61-63. 4.0. The Sasanian and post-Sasanian Period 65-106 4.1. Astronomical and astrological sources in Sasanian Iran 68-77. 4.2. The Royal Tables of the Kings 77-79. 4.3. Some general considerations. 4.4 The Lunar Mansions 87-90. 4.5. Continuous astrology and the doctrine of the Great Conjunctions 85-87 4.6. The “Year of the Persians” and its origin 90-94. 4.7. The cords of wind 95-101. 4.8. The chariot, the wheel and the heavenly road 101-106 5. Conclusions 107-109 6. Bibliography 111-140. 7.0 Indexes 141-147. 7.1. Index

Old Iranian Cosmography. Debates and Perspectives

Antonio Panaino
2019

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The present booklet offers an up-to-date presentation of the Old Iranian (mostly Mazdean) cosmography and uranography, with an introduction into the scholarly debate about this intriguing subject. The text necessarily enters a number of astronomical and astrological subjects focusing on their development along the complex history of Pre-Islamic Iran and the first centuries of the Islamic domination. This synthetic overview tries also to emphasize some intercultural and inter-linguistic phenomena, which played an important impact on the Iranian history in its seminal relation with different worlds as the Mesopotamian, Indian, Graeco-Roman, Central-Asiatic and Chinese ones. A large bibliography concludes the study. 0. Introduction 9-10. 1.0. Main Lines of Pre-Islamic Iranian History 11-18. 2.0. Historiographical and Methodological Problems 19-47. 2.1. The Earliest Periods: 25-47. 2.1.1. The Ancient Iranian Uranography and Cosmography between Indo-Iranian traditions and Mesopotamian Heritage 25-29. 2.1.2. The cycle of Sirius and the role of the heavenly bodies 29-32. 2.1.2.1. The earliest data about the planets 32-46. 2.1.3. Time and Motion in ancient Iran 46-47 3.0. The Hellenistic and Parthian Phase 49-60. 3.1. The demonization of the planets 52-553.2. The planetary motion and its interpretation 56-60. 3.3. The two Luminaries and their dark Enemies; the case of the Celestial Dragon and its Effects. 61-63. 4.0. The Sasanian and post-Sasanian Period 65-106 4.1. Astronomical and astrological sources in Sasanian Iran 68-77. 4.2. The Royal Tables of the Kings 77-79. 4.3. Some general considerations. 4.4 The Lunar Mansions 87-90. 4.5. Continuous astrology and the doctrine of the Great Conjunctions 85-87 4.6. The “Year of the Persians” and its origin 90-94. 4.7. The cords of wind 95-101. 4.8. The chariot, the wheel and the heavenly road 101-106 5. Conclusions 107-109 6. Bibliography 111-140. 7.0 Indexes 141-147. 7.1. Index
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