Aims and scope of the course.
Go over the syllabus.
Discuss sources and readings - reserve materials, reference materials, online databases.
Location in space and time.
See the Historical Atlas material resources map.
Map of Mesopotamia from Oriental Institute and CDLI.
Historical Atlas political change map.
See my political summary, chronology, and Mesopotamian mathematical summary.
Maps of Mesopotamia
Sumerian metrological systems
Go over the historical links above and read the material there carefully.On to Day 2.
Think about the ways Mesopotamia was different to modern society and how that would affect the role and practice of mathematics. Who needed mathematics then? Why did they need it? What sort of mathematics did they need? What problems could mathematics solve?
Do the analysis of the archaic account.
Readings to prepare for Day 2 are on the Day 2 page.