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MUL.APIN: Text And Analysis

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The cuneiform has no formal system of punctuation marks, and yet the scribes makes use of a few devices which include the physical unit of the line of text, the horizontal line ruling, and the simple vertical stroke (DIŠ), which marks the beginning of individual text entries. The sign DIŠ typically appears at the start of a physical line of text. Most entries in the opening sections of MUL.APIN occupy a single physical line of text, so it is normally the case that entries and lines are co-extensive. A Mesopotamian scribe, no less than a modern scientist, would be dependent to living on funds dispensed from a variety of sources. Contemporary reports of astronomers to the Assyrian court clears the application of astronomical knowledge to the decision making process of the Assyrian royal administration.

Keywords: ancient cuneiform treatise; Mesopotamian; Mesopotamian astronomer; MUL.APIN



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