ENG150Y1 Lecture Notes - Sexagesimal, Scientific Revolution, Babylonian Astronomy

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UTSG
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English
Course
ENG150Y1
17/09/12
LECTURE NOTES
CLASS 3
Gilgamesh – first lecture
Babylonian time:
Base 60
12 hours, 60 minutes/hour, 60 seconds/minute
- Phases of the moon (seven day weeks)
Stonehenge Time:
1 year = 40 weeks of 9 days
Babylonian space: Sexagesimal number system 360 degrees
oPoint: Babylonian civilization not destroyed, even after its time of
existence
oRemnants of Babylon contemporarily incorporated in modern society
oA. Asgaboe quotation on Babylonian significance in history, culture,
etc.
o“The First Epic Revolution”
“The hero generally participates in a cyclical journey or quest,
faces adversaries that try to defeat him in his journey, and returns
home significantly transformed by his journey.” – “Epic Poetry,”
on Wikipedia
oGilgamesh goes out on specific quests, returns transformed by his
experience with various adversaries
o*Individual quest – story of a ‘non-divided’ human being
o*Repetition and parallelism
Reading: (I, lines 7-12, 24-28)
Responses to questions from last class:
-breaks in text fragmented understanding of text
-appreciated breaks forced one to slow down reading
-Cliff-hanger effect one approaches before an exciting or tense
scene and break occurs
-Missing fragments irrelevant during era of Gilgamesh story
recorded for those who were familiar with plot most people
already heard the story before
-Emphasizes mystery of our own historical construction
Themes:
-Kingship
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Phases of the moon (seven day weeks) 1 year = 40 weeks of 9 days existence. Breaks in text fragmented understanding of text. Appreciated breaks forced one to slow down reading. Cliff-hanger effect one approaches before an exciting or tense scene and break occurs. Missing fragments irrelevant during era of gilgamesh story recorded for those who were familiar with plot most people already heard the story before. Emphasizes mystery of our own historical construction. Man, in order to introduce some order into his life, classifies the empirical world in a way that reflects underlying structures in his mind. A binary relation is an opposition of two terms where the difference between the terms is thought to tell us something about each of them. The raw and the cooked nature vs. culture. All subsequent varieties of scientific astronomy, in the hellenistic.

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