MIFP MEETINGS Lecture by Prof. Vladimir V. EMELIANOV
Lecture by Prof. Vladimir V. EMELIANOV

03 July 2011, Rome

Professor Vladimir Emelianov
St.-Petersburg State University, Faculty of Oriental Studies, Department of Ancient Near East

CONSTRUCTION OF THE WORLD PICTURE
IN THE CULTURE OF ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA


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Lecture 1 - Sacred Space as Model and System

  • What is the Universe and its Genesis in Sumerian Sources?
  • Parts of the Sacred Space: Vertical and Horizontal Images of the World.
  • On the Problem of Eden in Cuneiform Sources: Where is it and what is it?
  • Babylonian Map of World and the World Picture of the II millennium B.C.


Lecture 2 - Sacred Time of the Cultic Calendar as Model and System

  • The Idea of Eternal Return in Sumerian and Akkadian Sources.
  • Mythology of seasons and months in the Nippur Calendar.
  • The Nippur Calendar and the Early History of Zodiac: transformation of month rituals to the names of zodiacal signs.
  • Hermeneutics of Calendar and Zodiac according to Mesopotamian Explanatory Texts.
  • Before Theology and Physics: Space-and-Time (Chronotopos) of the Ancient Mesopotamian Culture as the Symbolic System. The World Picture and the System of Values in Early Antiquity.

 

 

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