Astronomical Papyri from Oxyrhynchus: (P. Oxy. 4133-4300a), Volume 1

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Alexander Jones
American Philosophical Society, 1999 - Science - 839 pages
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Presents 200 hitherto unpub. astronomical texts & horoscopes written in Greek on papyrus, which were excavated a century ago in the rubbish heaps of Oxyrhynchus, a district capital of Roman Egypt. Through these documents 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 accomp. by facing translations & explanatory & philological commentaries. The intro. provides the first comprehensive treatment of astronomical papyri, explaining their contents & purpose, the underlying astronomical theories, & strategies for analyzing & dating them. Tables & graphs.
 

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Contents

Editorial Principles and Notations
64
THEORETICAL AND INSTRUCTIONAL TEXTS
65
41334147 General comment
67
HOROSCOPES
108
4160a Epochs of Jupiter A D 613
145
Epochs of Saturn A D 2392
148
Template for the sun 4163 Template for the sun and procedure text
151
Template for the moon 4164a Template for the moon
153
Template for Mars
155
4165a Template for Jupiter
157
Template for Saturn with jottings
158
Ptolemy Handy Tables
163
Ptolemy Handy Tables 4169 Ptolemy Handy Tables 4170 Ptolemy Handy Tables 4171 Ptolemy Handy Tables 4172 Handy Tables 4173 Handy Tabl...
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EPHEMERIDES AND ALMANACS
188
41754215 General comment 4175 Almanacephemeris 24 B C
190
Ephemeris
193
Ephemeris 4184 Ephemeris 4184a Ephemeris A D 293
195
Signentry almanac A D 282286
207
Perpetual signentry almanac 4198 Perpetual signentry almanac
214
Monthly almanac Jupiter 14 B C 6 B C
215
Monthly almanac A D 126128
216
Monthly almanac Saturn A D 215216
217
4203a Monthly almanac Mercury 4204 Almanac A D 54
218
5day almanac A D 257258
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5day almanac A D 295296
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5day almanac A D 300302
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5day almanac A D 217218
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MISCELLANEOUS TABLES
229
thirtieths of 4033
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templates for Mercury? 4217ac Arithmetical table templates for Mercury?
232
fractions of 30
235
Numbers dates? modulo 29 and 25
236
Longitudes 4222 Table with zodiacal signs and latitudes
238
Sinusoidal function 4224 Sinusoidal function
239
Numerical table
240
Table with planets zodiacal signs and symbols 4227 Sexagesimals
241
Sexagesimals 4229 Sexagesimals 4230 Tabular scraps
243
Tabular scraps 4231a Tabular Scraps 4232 Tabular scraps
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Tabular scraps
245
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A Notations and Symbols
299
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Published Horoscopes from Oxyrhynchus
308
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F Conversion of Times
318
III
319
186
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Theoretical and Instructional Texts 1
1
Menelaus of Alexandria ? Treatise on planetary theory 69 2
2
Procedure text for planet? 80 6
6
Procedure text for Venus 81 10
10
Procedure text for the moon 84 14
14
Predictions of lunar eclipses A D 56 and 57 87 16
17
On eclipse prediction 94 18
18
4138a Treatise on eclipse prediction 95 20
20
Treatise on lunar periods 97 22
22
Tabulated lunar phenomena 100 24
24
Instructions for Ptolemys Handy Tables 102 26
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Instructions for Ptolemys Handy Tables 105 36
36
Treatise on kinematic models 108 40
40
Procedure text 109 42
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Procedure text 109 44
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Procedure text 110 45
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Primary Tables 47
47
41484174a General comment 113
48
Epochs of the moon A D 96166 121 54
54
Epochs of the moon A D 187198 and template 121 58
58
Epochs of the moon A D 217254 122 62
62
Epochs of Mercury 123 66
66
Epochs of Mercury A D 206215 125 68
68
4155
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Epochs of Venus 135 80
80
Epochs of Mars A D 271325 137 82
82
Epochs of Jupiter A D 3079 145 88
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4160a
90
verso
100
fr 119
110
fr 3
134
Ephemerides and Almanacs 169
169
Miscellaneous Tables 319
319
Horoscopes
371
Horoscopes A D 480 and 503 279
414
Horoscope A D 508 281
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Deluxe horoscope 282
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Deluxe horoscope 284
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Deluxe horoscope 286
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Deluxe horoscope 287
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Deluxe horoscope 288
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Deluxe horoscope 289
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Deluxe horoscope 289
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Tabular horoscope 290
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Horoscope A D 221234 290
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Horoscope A D 285 291
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Horoscope 292
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Horoscope 293
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Horoscope 294
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INDEXES
449
Rulers and Regnal Years
451
Indictions
453
Months and Days
454
Personal Names
455
General Index of Words
460
Concordance of Publication and Inventory Numbers
467
Copyright

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