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Chaldeans on the Nile: two Egyptian astronomical procedure texts with Babylonian systems A1 and A2 for Mercury
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.
2018 (English)In: "The scaffolding of our thoughts": essays on Assyriology and the history of science in honor of Francesca Rochberg / [ed] C. Jay Crisostomo, Eduardo A. Escobar, Terri Tanaka, Niek Veldhuis, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018, p. 382-419Chapter in book (Refereed)
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The authors present two demotic ostraca from the Ashmolean Museum with instructions for computing Mercury's first and last evening and morning visibilities. The instructions are based on Babylonian systems A1and A2. They employ a mathematical formulation based on "elementary steps" that is not yet attested in Babylonia. As will be argued, the procedure shed new light on the role of native Egyptian scholars in the transfer of astral science from Babylonia to Egypt.

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Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. p. 382-419
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Ancient magic and divination ; 13
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163128ISBN: 9789004363373 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-163128DiVA, id: diva2:1271054
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-12-15 Created: 2018-12-15 Last updated: 2019-01-03Bibliographically approved

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