Hagan Brunke, "Überlegungen zu Raumerfassung und Flächenrechnung in Mesopotamien", in: eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies, Volume 4 (2015), 1–17


Southern Mesopotamia provides us with the oldest written documents quantitatively recording the environment of men. The first ones date to the end of the 4th and the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC and record field surveys and area computations. At the latest in the ending 3rd millennium there must have begun the occupation with more and more abstract geometric structures and general spatial concepts. This is of great importance for the development of Mesopotamian Mathematics.

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Gerd Graßhoff and Michael Meyer (Eds.), eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies, Volume 4 (2015), Berlin: Exzellenzcluster 264 Topoi