A 36-Times Table
Below is an example of an Old Babylonian cuneiform tablet showing a standard
multiplication table with principal number 36. The tablet is UM
29-15-485, from the University of Pennsylvania. The tablet is an example
of the most common type of multiplication table, beginning with the line
'36 a-ra 1 36' and then continuing 'a-ra
'a-ra 3 1, 48' and so on through the table.
The multiplication table takes up both sides of the tablet. See the
page on Old
Babylonian multiplication tables for more details.
This tablet was originally published by Neugebauer and Sachs in Mathematical
I thank Professor E. Leichty for permission to use the images of the
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Last modified: 7 June 2001
Duncan J. Melville