Skip to comments.Colossal find (Ramses II statue at Akhmim)
Posted on 03/22/2005 11:28:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv
The remains of a colossal seated statue of Ramses II, thought to be about 13 metres tall and weighing 700 tons, have been discovered in a shanty area of the Upper Egyptian city of Akhmim, adjacent to the open-air museum. The lower part of the limestone statue is seated on a throne, to the right and left of which are figures of two of the pharaoh's daughters and princess- queens, Merit-Amun and Bint-Anath. The statue and the throne are carved from a single block and stand on a huge limestone base covered with carved hieroglyphic texts.
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My mistake, 700 tons. :')
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It's kinda like "always wear clean underwear", but related to math, and posterity...Akhmim Wooden TabletThe Akhmim wooden tablet, often called the Cairo wooden tablet, is a document dating to 2000 BC, near the beginning of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom. It is housed in the Egypt Museum in Cairo... The student scribe was then asked to prove his/her division by multiplying by 3, 7, 10, 11, 13, as required, to find the complete 1/64th unit. Since the student compiling this tablet made many arithmetic errors in the duplication arithmetic, even a 2002 translation of the document did not fully recognize the exact nature of all the division operations. The Rhind papyrus also contains one of these problems, division by 3, leading to confusion by Gillings (1972) and others. The importance of the tablet is that the system of Egyptian fractions may have originated in trying to divide the smallest grain units or some other units in ancient Egyptian history.l
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"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Okay,at least it worked this time. :-)
That's the guy! :')
Oddly enough, your reply to me showed up on "my comments", but wasn't actually in the topic when I popped back in, until after I replied a minute ago to SittinYonder.
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Posted on 01/13/2005 8:03:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv
oops, should have included this, a link to the page for KV7, Ramses II's tomb:
Mummy of Rameses II
If doing math in hieroglyphics is anything like writing, I can understand why that student found it so tough. The only subject that would have been easier, IMHO, would have been art--if you can draw you can write! Egyptian teachers didn't make it any easier, either; their favorite saying was, "A boy's ears are on his back."
Sometimes I think the real reason why schools used to concentrate on the 3 "R"s is because by the time they got done teaching that, you were almost grown up and there wasn't much time left for anything else!
many thanks for this article...it is great news and you are right, we wouldn't want to climb that family tree!
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