Babylonian Number System

The Babylonians developed a base-sixty numeration
system. Their basic symbols for 1 through 59 were
additively formed by repeating different symbols.
To write numbers greater than 59, the Babylonians
used their basic symbols for 1-59 and the concept of
Place Value. Place value is a power of the base, and the
Babylonian place values were 1, 60, 602, 603, etc. Their
basic symbols had different values depending on the
position or location of the symbol.

For practice with this number system click here


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