Lunchtime Gallery Talk: Stone Ducks, Weights and Measures in Ancient Mesopotamia Stone duck sculptures

When:
December 7, 2017 @ 3:01 pm – 4:01 pm
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2017-12-07T16:01:00-06:00

Lunchtime Gallery Talk: Stone Ducks, Weights and Measures in Ancient Mesopotamia Stone duck sculptures, from as small as a fingernail to as large as a basketball, represent one of the most common shapes of weights in ancient Mesopotamia. John Wee, Assistant Professor of Assyriology, invites you to explore the relationships between such physical objects and abstract notions of weight and dimension in cuneiform metrology and mathematics, as well as to consider how weights were used in practice and why the duck became their symbol. For more information visit https://oi.uchicago.edu/events/event.html?guid=CAL-ff808081-5bebee1d-015b-ef470de2-00006afbeventscalendar%40uchicago.edu&calPath=%2Fpublic%2Fcals%2FMainCal