The So-called Peters-Hilprecht Controversy: Part I. Proceedings of the Committee Appointed by the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania to Act as a Court of Inquiry. Part II. Supplemental Documents, Evidence and Statement, الجزء 1

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A. J. Holman, 1908 - 357 من الصفحات
 

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الصفحة 292 - ... was evidently found in situ, except ten large tablets in a most excellent state of preservation taken from a kiln, where they had been in the process of baking when one of the terrible catastrophes by which the city was repeatedly visited overtook ancient Nippur. They consisted of business documents referring to the registry of tithes and to the administration of the temple property> and of tablets of a decided literary character, comprising some very fine syllabaries and lists of synonyms, letters,...
الصفحة 347 - ... appealing claim upon my interest than the noble science of mathematics, yet am I both interested and amazed at this display of ancient mathematics which Hilprecht has published here. Here, to start at the beginning, are some multiplication tables which were written in the neighborhood of 1700 BC " He has found a number of multiplication tables in which every number multiplied is either a divisor or a quotient of 12,960,000. -And now, dear reader, prepare to be astonished. And as the introduction...
الصفحة 347 - And now, dear reader, prepare to be astonished. And as the introduction to this thy astonishment let me quote Hilprecht : " 'The question arises, what is the meaning of all this? What in particular is the meaning of the number 12,960,000 (= 604 or 36002) which underlies all the mathematical texts here treated ? . . . . The answer, as it seems to me, is partly given by Plato in his "Republic," Book VIII, 546, BD, which contains the famous "Number of Plato," "notoriously the most difficult passage...
الصفحة 14 - But they also included more scientific works, tablets for religious edification, and 'books' of reference. To the first-mentioned class belong the many mathematical, astronomical, medical, historical and linguistic tablets recovered ; to the second the hymns and prayers, omens and incantations, mythological and astrological texts. Among the books of reference I classify the lists of dates giving the names of kings and the principal event for every year, the multiplication tables, the lists of the...
الصفحة 69 - Nippur was to the religion of Babylonia and Assyria very much what the Temple of Jerusalem was to our religion. It was this city, which exercised so great an influence on the religious life of the people that so long dominated the...
الصفحة 346 - The area of a trapezoid is equal to one-half the sum of its bases multiplied by its altitude.
الصفحة 67 - Concerning the character of the business and administrative department established in the " library," where contracts were executed, orders given out, income and expense lists kept, etc., I have to add little to what has been previously stated (p. 524). A number of letters were found intact. The envelopes sealed and addressed more than four thousand years ago, immediately before the city was conquered and looted, were still unbroken. While writing these lines one of those ancient epistles of the...
الصفحة 291 - IV during our excavations of 1889 and 1890. They continued to occur in the same irregular manner in those strata also during our latest campaign. Upon closer examination the previously gathered tablets were found to include several hundred contract tablets and temple lists written at the time of the Assyrian, Chaldean, and Persian rulers (about 700-400 BC), a few fragments of neo-Babylonian hymns, letters and syllabaries, a considerable number of business documents, dated in the reigns of the kings...
الصفحة 348 - the lord of better and worse births,' is the arithmetical expression of a great law controlling the Universe. According to Adam this law is 'the Law of Change, that law of inevitable degeneration to which the Universe and all its parts are subject' — an interpretation from which I am obliged to differ.
الصفحة 206 - On the whole I am much inclined to question whether extensive excavations carried on at Niffer would produce any very important or interesting results," was the verdict of the great explorer at the middle of the last century.

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