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9(H)). for c t ample, see Y. Id and E. S. 1 Letter of al-Birum: Habash ai-ljasih's Analemma for tkeQibla, “Historia Matlii'inatica”, I, 1974, pp. 3 - II* and (J. S e h o y , Abhandlung von al-Fadt b. -phys. Klaflse der IlayoriRcbcn Akademie dor Wisaonschaften zu Munchcu*\ 1922, pp. 55 —08. On the motliods of Ibn Yunus (ca. 990) and Ibn al-Haytham (fa. 1020) sec C. S c h o y , GwmioniJc der Araber, in E. , Die GesclriclUe der ZeitiMwuiu} und der Uhren, Band IF, Berlin —Leipzig, 1923, pp. 3 6 —42, und Abkandlnug de$ al-ffamn.

It was an allegory of the wedding of Mercury and Philologia with the seven liberal arts as bridesmaids. These seven disciplines were destined to play a major role in the Mediaeval systems of education. They were divided into two groups, the trivium comprising grammar, rhetoric, and logic, and the old Pytha­ gorean quadrinium consisting of arithmetic, geometry, music, and astro­ nomy. Martianus’ work became widely used during the following centuries I The Corpus , glrmtotnicuw and the Tradition# 61 and helped to consolidate the system of teaching of both science and the humanities on the basis of this old classification.

There are numerous ztyes of great, interest which deserve further investigation, but the numl>er of workers in this field is few indeed. The tables which I describe in the sequel are not generally contained in zijes. They have been located by searching through manuscript, cata­ logues and inspecting large numbers of manuscripts. The computational accuracy of these tables, generally high, has been investigated using electronic computersI3. S e x a g e sim a l m u ltip lic a tio n ta b le s We shall begin with arithmetical multiplication tables.

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