New book series “Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter”

published by Springer (

The book series provides a platform for the publication of studies on sciences in the ancient worlds that bring innovative methods into play and address new theoretical issues. It is predicated on the conviction that the history of ancient sciences raises theoretical questions and requires new methodologies in a way that can inspire many other fields. For instance, with the help of innovative methods, ancient mathematical documents allow us to shed a unique light on the manuscript cultures, in the context of which they were composed. […]

The following four titles have already been published:

• Pieces and Parts in Scientific Texts. Editors: Florence Bretelle-Establet and Stéphane Schmitt (

• Scholars and Scholarship in Late Babylonian Uruk. Editors: Christine Proust and John Steele (

• Monographs in Tang Official Historiography Perspectives from the Technical Treatises of the History of Sui (Sui shu). Editors: Daniel Patrick Morgan and Damien Chaussende, with the collaboration of Karine Chemla (

• The Making of a Scribe, Errors, Mistakes and Rounding Numbers in the Old Babylonian Kingdom of Larsa. Author: Robert Middeke-Conlin (


Mathematics, Administrative and Economic Activities in Ancient Worlds. Editors: Cécile Michel and Karine Chemla

Other titles are in preparation.

Should you wish to submit a project, or even a manuscript, to this collection, you are welcome to get in touch with any of us, or, alternatively, to download and fill up a form from the webpage of the book series.

Sincerely yours,

Karine Chemla, Agathe Keller and Christine Proust, editors of the series