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Travel tours for The Mesopotamians and Greeks depicted the constellation as a young maiden who carried an ear of grain in her left hand. We have a sketch of the Furrow Virgo from Seleucid Babylonia, in which she is doing precisely this see fig. The ear of grain was particularly closely associated with Spica and relects the fact that historically the constellation, and Spica in particular, was linked to the start of the grain harvest. Often Virgo was believed to hold a palm branch in her right hand. Greeks and many in the ancient Near East imagined her to have wings. F IG The Furrow Virgo holding an ear of grain. Based on a Babylonian astrological cuneiform tablet from Uruk which is now preserved in the Louvre Museum AO Image credit Sirscha Nicholl. Travel tours 2016.

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