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Rosetta Stone and the Rock at Behunistan

Date: 25 Jan 1995 13:46:46 -0500
From: Daniel J. Steinkamp
Subject: Math History

Dr. Math,

        I am in a mathematics history class and I am looking for any
information relating to the Rosetta Stone used in Egypt.  I also need info
on the Rock at Behunistan, of the Babylonians.  Any information would be much
appreciated.  Thank you.

Daniel J. Steinkamp

Date: 25 Jan 1995 15:50:10 -0500
From: Dr. Ken
Subject: Re: Math History

Hello there!

I did some digging in our library's catalog, and I came up with a few items
that may interest you.  Here are their records.

 AUTHOR         Muller, Wilhelm Max, 1862-1919.
 TITLE            Egyptological researches ... by W. Max Muller.
 PUBLISHER    Washington, D. C. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1906-20.
 DESCRIPT      3 v. front. (v.3, port.) illus., plates (part col., part fold.)
                      30 cm x 24 cm.
 CONTENTS     v.1. Results of a journey in 1904.--v.2. Results of a journey 
                     in 1906.--v.3. The bilingual [hieroglyphic and demotic] 
                     decrees of Philae [ed. by H. F. Lutz]
 SUBJECT      Geography, Ancient.
                     Rosetta stone.
                    Egypt --Antiquities.
                    Egypt --History, Ancient --Sources.
                   Philae Island.
                   Egyptian language --Inscriptions.
 SERIES       Carnegie Institution of Washington publication 53.
 NOTE         "The 'first' bilingual decree of Philae ... is a modified copy 
                   of the famous decree of Rosetta."--v.3, p.3.
 ALT. ENTRY   Lutz, Henry Frederick, 1886-

 AUTHOR       Honour, Alan.
 TITLE        The man who could read stones; Champollion and the Rosetta 
                Stone.  Illustrated by Anthony Aviles.
 EDITION      [1st ed.]
 PUBLISHER    New York, Hawthorn Books [1966]
 DESCRIPT     190 p. illus. 22 cm.
 SUBJECT      Champollion, Jean Francois, 1790-1832 --Juvenile literature.
              Egyptology --Juvenile literature.
 NOTE         Bibliography: p. 183-284.

 AUTHOR       Budge, E. A. Wallis (Ernest Alfred Wallis), Sir, 1857-1934.
 TITLE      The Rosetta stone in the British Museum: the Greek, demotic, and
                hieroglyphic texts of the decree inscribed on the Rosetta
                 stone conferring additional honours on Ptolemy V Epiphanes
                 (203-181 B. C.) with English translations and a short
                 history of the decipherment of the Egyptian hieroglyphs, and
                 an appendix containing translations of the stelae of San
                 (Tanis) and Tall al-Maskhutah / by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge
                 ... with twenty-three plates.
 PUBLISHER    London [etc.] : The Religious tract society, [1929]
 DESCRIPT     viii, [9]-325 p. : front., 1 illus., xxii pl.(incl. ports.
                facsim.) ; 22 cm.
 SUBJECT      Rosetta stone.
              Egyptian language.
 NOTE         Bibliography: p. [311]-316.

 AUTHOR       Nissen, Hans Jorg.
 TITLE        Archaic bookkeeping : early writing and techniques of economic
                administration in the ancient Near East / Hans J. Nissen,
                Peter Damerow, Robert K. Englund ; translated by Paul Larsen.
 PUBLISHER    Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press, c1993.
 DESCRIPT     xi, 169 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
 SUBJECT      Sumerian language --Texts --Exhibitions.
              Economic history --To 500 --Exhibitions.
              Mathematics, Babylonian --Exhibitions.
 NOTE         "Originally published as Fruhe Schrift und Techniken der
                Wirtschaftsverwaltung im alten Vorderen Orient:
                Informationsspeicherung und -verarbeitung vor 5000
                Jahren"--CIP verso t.p.
              Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-165) and index.
 ISBN         0226586596 (alk. paper)
 ALT. ENTRY   Nissen, Hans Jorg. Fruhe Schrift und Techniken der
                Wirtschaftsverwaltung im alten Vorderen Orient. English.
              Damerow, Peter.
              Englund, Robert K.

 AUTHOR       Neugebauer, O. (Otto), 1899- ed.
 TITLE        Mathematical cuneiform texts, edited by O. Neugebauer and A.
                Sachs; with a chapter by A. Goetze.
 PUBLISHER    New Haven, Conn., Pub. jointly by the American Oriental Society
                and the American Schools of Oriental Research, 1945.
 DESCRIPT     x, 177 p. illus., 49 pl. on 36 l., diagrs. / 28 X 22 cm.
 SUBJECT      Mathematics, Babylonian.
              Akkadian language --Texts.
 SERIES       American oriental series, v. 29.
 NOTE         Bibliography: p. 152-156.
 ALT. ENTRY   Sachs, Abraham Joseph, 1914- joint ed.
              Gotze, Albrecht, 1897-
              American Schools of Oriental Research.

 AUTHOR       Waerden, B. L. van der (Bartel Leendert), 1903-
 TITLE        Science awakening.
 PUBLISHER    New York : Oxford University Press, 1971.
 DESCRIPT     v. : illus. ; 26 cm.
 SUBJECT      Mathematics, Babylonian.
              Mathematics, Greek.
              Astronomy, Ancient.
              Mathematics, Egyptian.
 NOTE         Vol. II, by Bartel L. van der Waerden, with contributions by
                Peter Huber, is subtitled: the Birth of astronomy.
              Errata slip inserted in vol. 2.
              Vol. I., 3d ed., English translation by Arnold Deresden, with
                additions of the author, gives an outline of the development
                of mathematics in Egypt, Babylon, and Greece.
 ALT. ENTRY   Huber, Peter, joint author.

I hope this helps you!

-Ken "Dr." Math
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