11:00 am – 12:30 pm
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Title: “Technology and Procedural Knowledge in Cuneiform Cultures”
Abstract: Between the second and first millennia BCE cuneiform scribes in the ancient Middle East composed and transmitted procedural texts covering a broad range of topics, from mathematical problem solving, glassmaking, horse training, perfumery, medicine and ritual purification, to astronomy. This talk will explore the intellectual contexts of procedural texts with the aim of demonstrating their untapped value to the histories of technology, science, and indeed, the history of knowledge writ large.
Respondents: Christopher Jones (History), Jeiran Jahani (Art History and Archaeology)
Image: Horse training tablet, VAT 6693 from Aruz J., Benzel K., Evans J.M. (eds) Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C.