Late Babylonian (Neo-Assyrian) Planisphere


This neo-Assyrian star map (commonly referred to as a “planisphere” (the reproduction of a spherical surface as a flat map) was recovered from the library of King Assurbanipal in Nineveh and dated to circa 800 BCE by early investigators. (The city of Nineveh was the last of the successive capitals of Assyria.) Johannes Koch has more recently (roughly) dated it to circa 650 BCE.

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