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La circulation des tablettes cunéiformes mathématiques et la constitution des collections de la fin du XIXe siècle à la première moitié du XXe siècle. Une contribution à l'historiographie des mathématiques mésopotamiennes.

Abstract : This thesis attempts to trace the circulation circuits of cuneiform mathematical tablets from the excavation sites where they were exhumed at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, to the collections where they are preserved. Its purpose is to show the influence of the course of the tablets on (the conditions of) their study and publication. The circulation networks of mathematical tablets, like those of antiquities in general, are very complex and often opaque. The thesis analyzes this complexity and the factors that are involved. The first part examines the progressive establishment of legislation, the proliferation of illegal excavations, and the sharing among excavators. The second part deals with the role of merchants and private collectors, (and also with the networks to which they belong). A special place is given to a character with a central role in the circulation of mathematical tablets: the merchant Elias Géjou. The conclusion shows how the study and publication of the tablets, based on corpus artificially constituted within a collection or through several collections, depends closely on the history of the circulation networks of antiquities.
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Magali Dessagnes. La circulation des tablettes cunéiformes mathématiques et la constitution des collections de la fin du XIXe siècle à la première moitié du XXe siècle. Une contribution à l'historiographie des mathématiques mésopotamiennes. . Histoire, Philosophie et Sociologie des sciences. Université Paris 7 - Denis Diderot, 2017. Français. ⟨tel-01515604⟩

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