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RECOMMENDED BOOK LIST
IN ORDER OF OUR PRIORITY ASSESSMENT

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Commentary on the Timaeus of Plato
by Professor A.C. Lloyd.


Plato; Timaus and Critias
by Betty Radice, Penguin 1977.


The Epic of Gilgamesh - Trans.
by Andrew George. Penguin 1999.

Miraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world's oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries. The story tells of Gilgamesh's adventures with the wild man Enkidu, and of his arduous journey to the ends of the earth in quest of the Babylonian Noah and the secret of immortality. Alongside its themes of family, friendship and the duties of kings, the Epic of Gilgamesh is, above all, about mankind's eternal struggle with the fear of death.

 

Egypt before the Pharaohs
by Michael J Hoffman.

 

Egypt, Caanan and Israel in Ancient Times
by D.B. Redford. Princeton Univ. Press 1992.

Covering the time span from the Paleolithic period to the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C., the eminent Egyptologist Donald Redford explores three thousand years of uninterrupted contact between Egypt and Western Asia across the Sinai land-bridge. In the vivid and lucid style that we expect from the author of the popular Akhenaten, Redford presents a sweeping narrative of the love-hate relationship between the peoples of ancient Israel/Palestine and Egypt.

 

The Greek Historians
by T.S Luce. Routledge 1997.


The Babylonian Theory of The Planets
by Sverdlow. Princeton Univ. Press 1998.

In the second millennium BC, Babylonian scribes assembled a vast collection of astrological omens, believed to be signs from the gods concerning the kingdom's political, military, and agricultural fortunes. The importance of these omens was such that from the eighth or seventh until the first century, the scribes observed the heavens nightly and recorded the dates and locations of ominous phenomena of the moon and planets in relation to stars and constellations. The observations were arranged in monthly reports along with notable events and prices of agricultural commodities, the object being to find correlations between phenomena in the heavens and conditions on earth. These collections of omens and observations form the first empirical science of antiquity and were the basis of the first mathematical science, astronomy. For it was discovered that planetary phenomena, although irregular and sometimes concealed by bad weather, recur in limited periods within cycles in which they are rpeated on nearly the same dates and in nearly the same locations. This book is a study of the collection and observation of ominous celestial phenomena and of how intervals of time, locations by zodiacal sign, and cycles in which the phenomena recur were used to reduce them to purely arithmetical computation, thereby surmounting the greatest obstacle to observation, bad weather. The work should inform an understanding of both the origin of scientific astronomy and the astrological divination through which the kingdoms of ancient Mesopotamia were governed.

 

Genesis Revisited
by Zecharia Sitchin.

 

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