Bibliography for Third Millennium Mathematics

    This bibliography only contains references for the Third Millennium Mathematics portion of the site.  It is not intended as a comprehensive introduction to third millennium mathematics.

Guillermo Algaze, The Uruk World System : The Dynamics of Expansion of Early Mesopotamian Civilization, University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Alfonso Archi, "Tables de Comptes Eblaïtes," Revue d'Assyriologie 83 (1989) 1–6.

Josef Bauer, Robert K. Englund, Manfred Krebernik, Mesoptamien: Späturuk-Zeit und Früdynastische Zeit, Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, 1998.

Lis Brack-Bernsen and Olaf Schmidt, "Bisectable Trapezia in Babylonian Mathematics," Centaurus 33 (1990) 1-38.

Peter Damerow and Robert K. Englund, The Proto-Elamite Texts from Tepe Yahya, Cambridge, Mass., 1989.

A. Deimel, Schultexte aus Fara, Berlin, 1923.

Robert K. Englund, "Hard Work - Where Will It Get You? Labor Management in Ur III Mesopotamia," Journal of Near Eastern Studies 50 (1991) 255-280.

Robert K. Englund, "The Origins of Script," Science 260 (11 June 1993) 1670-1671.

Robert K. Englund, Proto-Cuneiform Texts from Diverse Collections (MSVO 4), Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1996.

Jöran Friberg, The Early Roots of Babylonian Mathematics, I-II, Göteborg, 1978-9.

Jöran Friberg, "The Early Roots of Babylonian Mathematics, III," Vicino Oriente 6 (1986) 3–25.

Jöran Friberg, "Mathematik," Reallexicon der Assyriologie VII, (1987-90) 531–585.

Ignace J. Gelb, Piotr Steinkeller, Robert M. Whiting, Jr., Earliest land Tenure Systems in the Near East: Ancient Kudurrus (OIP 104), Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1991.

George G. Hackman, Sumerian and Akkadian Administrative Texts From Predynastic Times to the End of the Akkad Dynasty (BIN 8), Yale University Press, 1958.

William W. Hallo and William K. Simpson, The Ancient Near East: A History, 2e, Harcourt-Brace, 1998.

Jens Høyrup, "Investigations of an Early Sumerian Division Problem, c. 2500 B.C.," Historia Mathematica 9 (1982) 19–36.

Jens Høyrup, "'Remarkable Numbers' in Old Babylonian Mathematical Texts: A Note on the Psychology of Numbers," Journal of Near Eastern Studies 52,4 (1993) 281–286.

Jens Høyrup, "Babylonian Mathematics," in I. Grattan-Guinness (ed.) Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences, Routledge (1994) 21-29.

Raymond R. Jestin, Tablettes sumériennes de Šuruppak au Musée de Stamboul (TSŠ), Paris, Boccard, 1937.

Tom B. Jones, "Sumerian Administrative Documents: An Essay," in S.J. Lieberman (ed.) Sumerological Studies in Honor of Thorkild Jacobsen, (1974) 41-61.

Amélie Kuhrt, The Ancient Near East c. 3000-330 BC, Routledge, 1995.

Henri Limet, Etude de Documents de la Période D'Agadé, Société d'Editions <<Les Belles Lettres>>, Paris, 1973.

Duncan J. Melville, "Ration computations at Fara: Multiplication or repeated addition?"  in Under One Sky: Astronomy and Mathematics in the Ancient Near East (London, 2001) (eds. J.M. Steele and A. Imhausen) (AOAT 297), Ugarit-Verlag, Münster, (2002) 237-252.

Hans J. Nissen. The Early History of the Ancient Near East, 9000-2000 B.C., University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Hans J. Nissen, Peter Damerow, Robert K. Englund, Archaic Bookkeeping, University of Chicago Press, 1993.

Marvin A. Powell, "The Antecedents of Old Babylonian Place Notation and the Early History of Babylonian Mathematics," Historia Mathematica 3 (1976) 417–439.

Marvin A. Powell, "Two Notes on Metrological Mathematics in the Sargonic Period", Revue d'Assyriologie 70, 2 (1976) 97–102.

Marvin A. Powell, "Masse und Gewichte," Reallexicon der Assyriologie VII, (1987-90) 457–530.

Eleanor Robson, Mesopotamian Mathematics, 2100-1600 BC: Technical Constants in Bureaucracy and Education, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1999.

Denise Schmandt-Besserat, Before Writing, University of Texas Press, 1992.

Gil J. Stein, Rethinking World-Systems: Diasporas, Colonies, and Interaction in Uruk Mesopotamia, University of Arizona Press, 1999.

Piotr Steinkeller, "The administrative and economic organization of the Ur III state: the core and the periphery", in McG. Gibson and R.D. Biggs (eds.), The Organization of Power: Aspects of Bureaucracy in the Ancient Near East (Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, 46), Chicago, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (1987) 19-41.

Marc Van De Mieroop, The Ancient Mesopotamian City, Clarendon Press, 1997.

Robert M. Whiting, "More evidence for Sexagesimal Calculations in the Third Millennium B.C.," Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 74 (1984) 59–66.


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