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By Mathieu Ossendrijver

This booklet comprises new translations and a brand new research of the approach texts of Babylonian mathematical astronomy, the earliest recognized kind of mathematical astronomy of the traditional global. The translations are in line with a contemporary procedure incorporating contemporary insights from Assyriology and translation technological know-how.

The paintings comprises up-to-date and improved interpretations of the astronomical algorithms and investigations of formerly overlooked linguistic, mathematical and different features of the process texts.

Special cognizance is paid to problems with mathematical illustration and over a hundred photographs of cuneiform pills courting from 350-50 BCE are presented.

In 2-3 years, the writer intends to proceed his research of Babylonian mathematical astronomy with a brand new booklet so that it will comprise new versions and reconstructions of approx. 250 tabular texts and a brand new philological, astronomical and mathematical research of those texts. Tabular texts are finish items of Babylonian math astronomy, computed with algorithms which are formulated within the current quantity, technique Texts.

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W 20030/16 is another Goal-Year procedure text from the same library that partly duplicates TU 11. Apin. Another group of NMAT procedures, thus far known only from Babylon, deal with the construction of what appears to be a gnomon-like instrument. 91 From a formal viewpoint they are similar to other astronomical procedure texts. sakar) ana du3 -ka, ‘For you to construct a ‘crescent”, apparently the name of the instrument, and all instructions employ the second person of the present tense, features well known from other procedure texts (cf.

Oelsner (1982) and (1986), p. 108. g. A 3405 (Steele 2000c), were demonstrably written much later than the initial date of the predictions. Peders´en (2005), library N19. Apart from the procedure text, first published as ACT 207e, none of these tablets has been published. Their current location is unknown except for that of BE 15617a = VAT 17343, which is kept in Berlin. The interpretation as a private house has been challenged by Clancier (2009, p. 150), who suggests that the structure is more monumental.

91 From a formal viewpoint they are similar to other astronomical procedure texts. sakar) ana du3 -ka, ‘For you to construct a ‘crescent”, apparently the name of the instrument, and all instructions employ the second person of the present tense, features well known from other procedure texts (cf. 2). Several astrological tablets from the same period, listed in Appendix A, contain instructions pertaining to the prediction of weather and market prices. All known examples originate from Seleucid Uruk.

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