Scientific Traditions in Ancient Civilizations

From this translated excerpts from ancient texts that given:

     If his brow afflicts him and he keeps crying out, “my insides, my insides!”, hand of a ghost, deputy of Ishtar; he will die. If his brow afflicts him and it lasts from sunset until the third watch of the night, he will die. If his right brow hurts him, hand of Shamash; he will get well. If his left brow hurts him, hand of Ishtar; he will get well. If his right brow hurts him and his right eye makes an opaque spot, he promised a festival to the god of his city. If it goes away, he will get well. If his left brow hurts him and his left eye makes an opaque spot, hand of Å ulpaea. If it goes away, he will get well.

Write a well-organized essay that addresses all the following questions: 

• What kind of text is this, and from what kind of context (place, period, institutional or social setting) did it probably originate? Make your arguments using comparisons with texts and other information in the course readings and class slides. 

• What were the likely or possible original purposes for this text? 

• What information does the text offer us today about the scholarly or scientific tradition to which it belonged?

Required format: PDF, US letter pages, 1 inch margins on all sides, page numbers on all pages, name and student number at top of page 1. Font: Times New Roman, 12 point, double-spaced.

Bibliography and citations: At the end of essay, provide a bibliography of cited sources. 

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