ZODIAC: Ancient Astral Science in Transformation

The Freie Universität Berlin has launched the website for its project researching the formations of ancient zodiacal and mathematised cosmology in the near east and beyond, seeking ‘to develop a convincing account of how zodiacal astral science emerged, was cross-culturally transmitted and able to take root in different ancient cultures. It will do so on the basis of a new hypothesis: Zodiacal astral science emerged and was transmitted across the ancient world because it offered universally appealing, adaptable solutions to social, religious and political needs that emerged in multi-cultural empires.

The page [https://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/en/e/zodiac/research/index.html ] is already an excellent short introduction to the immense holes in our research-picture of this crucial step in cosmological evolution, and promises much of interest as the project develops.