The Adaptation of Babylonian Methods in Greek Numerical Astronomy

@article{Jones1991TheAO,
  title={The Adaptation of Babylonian Methods in Greek Numerical Astronomy},
  author={Alexander Jones},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1991},
  volume={82},
  pages={440 - 453}
}
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