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The Dragon And Astrology

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The history of astrology, which had been introduced into the Iranised world of Central Asia through Graeco-Babylonian influence, goes back to ancient times. Astrological considerations also had a profound bearing on the artistic conventions of the iconography of the dragon. Its representation in medieval Islamic astrology has been addressed in a number of studies, foremost among which remains Hartner's, in which he demonstrates the influence of the conceptualisation of the two "lunar nodes" on Islamic artisans.

Keywords: Central Asia; dragon; Graeco-Babylonian; Iranised world; medieval Islamic astrology



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