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Scientific Writings from the Ancient and Medieval World


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Scientific texts provide our main source for understanding the history of science in the ancient and medieval world. The aim of this series is to provide clear and accurate English translations of key scientific texts accompanied by up-to-date commentaries dealing with both textual and scientific aspects of the works and accessible contextual introductions setting the works within the broader history of ancient science. In doing so, the series makes these works accessible to scholars and students in a variety of disciplines including history of science, the sciences, and history (including Classics, Assyriology, East Asian Studies, Near Eastern Studies and Indology).

Texts will be included from all branches of early science including astronomy, mathematics, medicine, biology, and physics, and which are written in a range of ancient languages including Akkadian, Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit. Thus, the series is of use both in the teaching of history and the history of science and for researchers on ancient science. In addition, the series provides a venue for the publication of original research on early scientific texts, in particular through the commentaries.

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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

By 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

By 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

By Alessandra Petrocchi
March 18, 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

By Hermann Hunger, John Steele
July 03, 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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