By Marshall Clagett
This quantity keeps Marshall Clagett's experiences of some of the points of the technology of historic Egypt. the amount provides a discourse at the nature and accomplishments of Egyptian arithmetic and likewise informs the reader as to how our wisdom of Egyptian arithmetic has grown because the ebook of the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus towards the tip of the nineteenth century. the writer fees and discusses interpretations of such authors as Eisenlohr, Griffith, Hultsch, Peet, Struce, Neugebauer, Chace, Glanville, van der Waerden, Bruins, Gillings, and others. He additionally additionally considers experiences of newer authors reminiscent of Couchoud, Caveing, and Guillemot.
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For Valenciennes 293 see McKitterick, “Knowledge of Plato’s Timaeus,” pp. 90–4. ” 56 This small number of manuscripts might, like those of the other Roman texts for astronomy, be reasonably multiplied by at least 5 and perhaps 10 to 15, if we try to hypothesize the number actually available for use in Carolingian libraries. introduction 23 In general there were Àve ways in which Roman scientiÀc works entered Carolingian culture and had their effects. First there was, of course, the simple recovery of classical books.
62v–65v, “De VII artibus liberalibus. quid sit philosophia et cur sic dicamus;” the manuscript was composed at Monte Cassino ca. 800 and transmitted to northern France (Reims). 11 In the Àrst decade after 774 we see a combination of royal patronage, Italian scholars, and increasingly self-conscious Roman orientation. At the same time, in the 770s and 780s, an Insular surge, both Irish and Anglo-Saxon, appeared at court. Notker of Saint Gall’s Gesta Karoli (ca. 12 We have the letter (ca. 775) of the Anglo-Saxon Cathwulf to Charlemagne on kingship and the primacy of the king over bishops as well as the arrival of Joseph the Deacon, Candidus, Dungal, and others as witnesses to Insular inÁuence.
The Capellan astronomy was a representative survey of major topics, and among the more important were these three: (a) the precise forms of the epicycles of Mercury and Venus around the Sun, (b) the precise nature of the changes in the lengths of daylight through the year, and (c) the cause, not simply the description, of the different lengths of the four seasons. As for Calcidius, if more difÀcult at times, his qualitative geometry of celestial phenomena promised to Carolingian students fully rational explanations of the four seasons (by eccentric circles), retrograde motions (by epicycles), and the bounded elongation of Mercury and Venus from the Sun (by epicycles).