A text describing omens based on eclipses, Assyria

Omens in the Ancient World

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British Museum, Dept. of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities, Gardiner, A. H. (ed.), 1935. Hieratic Papyri in the British Museum, Series III, Vol. I . London: British Museum.

Burkert, W., 1992. The Orientalizing Revolution: Near Eastern Influences on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Rochberg, F., 2010. "If P, then Q": Form and Reasoning in Babylonian Divination. In: A. Annus, ed. Divination and the Interpretation of Signs in the Ancient World. Chicago: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, pp. 19-28.

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Omens still exsist to this day so it is good to see where this idea probably originated from. People today still believe in omens and the power the fortell.

Interesting article. Some I have heard of but some I have not. It is interesting to note how all men who rise to greatness (whether religious or lay) claim that omens accompanied either their birth or conception.

A comment on Galba’s elief in his omen. It couldn't have been true as he was only emperor of the Roman Empire for 7 months before he was assassinated. (the year of 4 emperors that followed the death of Nero)

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