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, 60^{2}, 60^{3}, etc. Their

basic symbols had different values depending on the

position or location of the symbol.

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