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orion-list New Publication: Astronomical Papyri (fwd)

This publication would appear to be relevant for study of some of the DSS
materials (among other things!); it is cross-posted from the papyrology
list by Bob Kraft.

Forwarded message:
> Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 15:28:39 +0200
> From: Alexander Jones <ajones@chass.utoronto.ca>
> To: Multiple recipients of list <papy@igl.ku.dk>
> Subject: New Publication: Astronomical Papyri
> Announcement of new publication:
> (P. Oxy. 4133-4300a)
> Edited with translations and commentaries by Alexander Jones
> Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society 233 (Philadelphia, 1999)
> 2 volumes in 1, xiv+368+471 pp. & 12 plates, hardcover
> ISBN 0-87169-233-9, US$50
> Description:
> This work presents nearly two hundred hitherto unpublished astronomical
> texts and horoscopes written in Greek on papyrus. The papyri are part of
> the collection excavated at Oxyrhynchus by Grenfell and Hunt for the Egypt
> Exploration Society (P. Oxy.), and a provisional list of contents, without
> texts, was published in P. Oxy. LXI. The present volume is thus a
> complement to the series, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri.
> Through these texts we obtain the first coherent picture of the range of
> astronomical activity, chiefly in the service of astrology, during the
> Roman Empire. The astronomy of this period turns out to have been much more
> varied than we previously thought, with Babylonian arithmetical methods of
> prediction coexisting with tables based on geometrical models of orbits.
> Editions of the texts are accompanied by facing translations and
> explanatory and philological commentaries. The introduction provides the
> first comprehensive treatment of astronomical papyri, explaining their
> contents and purpose, the underlying astronomical theories, and strategies
> for analysing and dating them.
> Available from:
> American Philosophical Society, Box 40098, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3387
> e-mail: emassi@amphilsoc.org
> Order form (with information on methods of payment and shipping costs):
> http://www.aps-pub.com/order_form.htm
> Alexander Jones
> Graduate Coordinator and Associate Chair
> Department of Classics, University of Toronto
> 97 St George Street, Toronto, ON  M5S 2E8  Canada
> tel. (416) 978-0483
> fax (416) 978-7307
> http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~ajones
Robert A. Kraft, Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
227 Logan Hall (Philadelphia PA 19104-6304); tel. 215 898-5827
For private reply, e-mail to kraft@ccat.sas.upenn.edu (Robert Kraft)
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