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Scholarly Mathematics in the Rēš Temple

  • Mathieu OssendrijverEmail author
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Abstract

The Rēš temple in Uruk was home to a community of scholars who pursued various mathematical topics. In this contribution, the evidence for scholarly mathematics in the Rēš is compiled and investigated. The archival and institutional contexts of scholarly mathematics in the Rēš are briefly sketched. A new analysis of three mathematical tablets is presented. Possible connections between the mathematical tablets from the Rēš and those from earlier libraries in Uruk are explored.

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Acknowledgements

The research leading to these results has received funding from the Excellence Cluster TOPOI (DFG Grant EXC264) and the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. 269804.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PhilosophyHumboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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