‘Infrastructural Compendia’ and the Licensing of Empiricism in Mesopotamian Technical Literature
Johnson, J. Cale
CollectionEuropean Research Council (ERC)
In the Wake of the Compendia examines the composition of technical literature in the ancient Semitic-speaking world. Compendia on astrology, magic, medicine, lexicography, and alchemy were composed in several languages and relate to earlier Mesopotamian models. This volume offers new perspectives on the early history of these compendia and their subsequent transmission into later post-cuneiform compilations, curricula, and scholarly writings.
Keywordsearly scientific thought; compilation and redaction in the ancient world; infrastructural compendia; empiricism
Publication date and placeBerlin/Boston, 2015
Middle Eastern history
Ancient religions & mythologies