Tue, November 14, 201712:00 PM - 1:00 PM
"The Challenges of Byzantine Astronomy"
Dr. Alberto Bardi
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
During the last centuries of the Byzantine Empire (1261-1453), astronomy increasingly gained attention from Byzantine scholars. While they kept on studying the works of Ptolemy, especially the Almagest and the Handy Tables, continuing a tradition inherited from the past, they also focused on translating and commenting on the astronomical works of Arab, Persian, and Jewish scholars. Intellectual exchanges between different cultural traditions thus shaped Byzantine astronomy. Dr. Bardi's PhD thesis, which he defended in July 2017, focused on the spread of Persian astronomy in Byzantium in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. His work investigates a Byzantine commentary on Persian tables and presents a critical edition of this opus (edition princeps). His talk will focus on the results of this study and the challenges that arose in his research, as well as the current challenges presented by the history of Byzantine.
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