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Title Scholars and scholarship in late Babylonian Uruk / Christine Proust, John Steele, editors.

Published Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2019]


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Physical description 1 online resource.
Series Why the sciences of the ancient world matter ; volume 2
Why the sciences of the ancient world matter ; v. 2.
Springer History eBooks 2019 English+International
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Intro; Acknowledgements; Contents; Abbreviations; 1 Introduction: Scholars, Scholarly Archives and the Practice of Scholarship in Late Babylonian Uruk; Abstract; 1.1 Historical Context; 1.2 Scholars and Scholarly Archives; 1.3 The 'House of the āšipus'; 1.4 The Rēš Temple; 1.4.1 Excavations at the Site of the Rēš Temple; 1.4.2 Modern Collections of Cuneiform Tablets from the Rēš Temple; 1.4.3 A Reconstruction of the Scholarly Archives of the Rēš Temple; Acknowledgements; References; 2 Cultural Imports and Local Products in the Commentaries from Uruk. The Case of the Gimil-Sîn Family
Abstract2.1 The 'Uruk Scholarly School' as Part of the South-Central Babylonian 'Scholarly School'; 2.2 Compilation and Copy; 2.3 Cultural Imports; 2.3.1 Assyria; 2.3.2 Nippur; 2.3.3 Babylon; 2.4 The Gimil-Sîn Scribal Family; 2.4.1 Nos. 1-5: Tablets Copied or Owned by Members of the Rīš-Gula Branch of the Gimil-Sîn Family; 2.4.2 Nos. 6-8: Tablets Copied or Owned by Members of Other Branches of the Gimil-Sîn Family; 2.4.3 Nos. 9-12: Tablets Possibly Written by or Belonging to Members of the Gimil-Sîn Family; Acknowledgements; References
3 A Mathematical Collection Found in the 'House of the āšipus'. The Art of Metrology in Achaemenid UrukAbstract; 3.1 Sources; 3.1.1 Mathematical Tablets Found in Levels IV and III of the 'House of the āšipus'; 3.1.2 The Colophons; 3.2 Metrological Systems; 3.3 The Metrological Tables: The Tradition Revisited; 3.3.1 Text 1 (W 23273 = SpTU 4, 172); 3.3.2 Comparison with Metrological Tablets from Late-Babylonian Nippur; 3.4 The Evaluation of Surfaces: Bridging Different Metrological Systems; 3.4.1 Seed-Surface and Sar-Surface in Text 4 (W 23291 = SpTU 4, 175)
3.4.2 Reed-Surfaces and Other Definitions of Surfaces in Text 5 (W 23291-X)3.4.3 Procedures and Tables; 3.5 The āšipus and Mathematics; Acknowledgements; Appendix 3.1: Translation of Text 1 (W 23273 = SpTU 4, 172); Appendix 3.2: Extracts of Text 4 (W 23291 = SpTU 4, 175); Appendix 3.3: Extracts of Text 5 (W 23291x = BagM 21, 554-557); Appendix 3.4; References; 4 Astronomical Activity in the 'House of the āšipus' in Uruk; Abstract; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Astronomical and Astrological Tablets from the 'House of the āšipus'; 4.3 Astronomical Texts; 4.3.1 Observational Texts; 4.3.2 An Almanac
4.3.3 Texts Concerning Solstices, Equinoxes and Other Astronomical Schemes4.3.4 Synodic Tables; 4.4 Discussion; Acknowledgements; References; 5 Astrological Texts from Late Babylonian Uruk; Abstract; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Enūma Anu Enlil; 5.2.1 A Commentary on Tablet VIII of Enūma Anu Enlil (TU 17); 5.2.2 Commentaries on Enūma Anu Enlil 20 and 56 (SpTU 4, 162 and SpTU 1, 90); 5.3 Other Forms of Astrology; 5.3.1 TU 14, SpTU 2, 43 and the Related Tablet LBAT 1600 from Babylon; 5.3.2 SpTU 4, 159; 5.3.3 SpTU 1, 94; 5.3.4 TU 19 and TU 20; 5.3.5 Other Astrological Tablets; 5.4 Conclusion
Summary This volume explores how scholars wrote, preserved, circulated, and read knowledge in ancient Mesopotamia. It offers an exercise in micro-history that provides a case study for attempting to understand the relationship between scholars and scholarship during this time of great innovation. The papers in this collection focus on tablets written in the city of Uruk in southern Babylonia. These archives come from two different scholarly contexts. One is a private residence inhabited during successive phases by two families of priests who were experts in ritual and medicine. The other is the most important temple in Uruk during the late Achemenid and Hellenistic periods. The contributors undertake detailed studies of this material to explore the scholarly practices of individuals, the connection between different scholarly genres, and the exchange of knowledge between scholars in the city and scholars in other parts of Babylonia and the Greek world. In addition, this collection examines the archives in which the texts were found and the scribes who owned or wrote them. It also considers the interconnections between different genres of knowledge and the range of activities of individual scribes. In doing so, it answers questions of interest not only for the study of Babylonian scholarship but also for the study of ancient Mesopotamian textual culture more generally, and for the study of traditions of written knowledge in the ancient world.-- Provided by publisher.
Other author Proust, Christine, editor.
Steele, John, editor.
SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Learning and scholarship -- Iraq -- Erech (Extinct city)
Mathematics, Babylonian.
Astronomy, Assyro-Babylonian.
Erech (Extinct city) -- Intellectual life.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9783030041762 (electronic bk.)
303004176X (electronic bk.)