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Scientific Writings from the Ancient and Medieval World


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The Foundations of Celestial Reckoning: Three Ancient Chinese Astronomical Systems

The Foundations of Celestial Reckoning: Three Ancient Chinese Astronomical Systems

1st Edition

Christopher Cullen
December 12, 2019

The Foundations of Celestial Reckoning gives the reader direct access to the foundational documents of the tradition of calculation created by astronomers of the early Chinese empire between the late second century BCE and the third century CE. The paradigm they established was to shape East Asian...

The Medicina Plinii: Latin Text, Translation, and Commentary

The Medicina Plinii: Latin Text, Translation, and Commentary

1st Edition

Yvette Hunt
October 07, 2019

This book presents the first ever English translation of the Medicina Plinii, one of the most influential books of applied medicine and self-medication in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The work, which predates AD 400, was created as a quick reference work for travellers, and became and...

The Gaṇitatilaka and its Commentary: Two Medieval Sanskrit Mathematical Texts

The Gaṇitatilaka and its Commentary: Two Medieval Sanskrit Mathematical Texts

1st Edition

Alessandra Petrocchi
March 28, 2019

The Gaṇitatilaka and its Commentary: Two Medieval Sanskrit Mathematical Texts presents the first English annotated translation and analysis of the Gaṇitatilaka by Śrīpati and its Sanskrit commentary by the Jaina monk Siṃhatilakasūri (13th century CE). Siṃhatilakasūri’s commentary upon the...

The Babylonian Astronomical Compendium MUL.APIN

The Babylonian Astronomical Compendium MUL.APIN

1st Edition

Hermann Hunger, John Steele
July 26, 2018

MUL.APIN, written sometime before the 8th century BC, was the most widely copied astronomical text in ancient Mesopotamia: a compendium including information such as star lists, descriptions of planetary phases, mathematical schemes for the length of day and night, a discussion of the luni-solar...

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