Images, diagrams, and tables in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 at 09:30 - Thursday, 13 November 2014 at 17:30 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Images, diagrams, and tables have long been central to the representation and conceptualization of calendars and of their computation. In this workshop, we explore the use of these visual devices in this and other contexts in ancient and medieval primary sources.
Wednesday 12 November, Garden Room, Wilkins Building, UCL
10:00 Sacha Stern (UCL): Time in two dimensions: calendar tables from ancient Egypt to late medieval Europe
11:00 coffee break
11:15 Alexander Jones (New York, NYU): Astronomical tables in Greek papyri: medium, layout, and use
12:15 François de Blois (UCL): Tables and pictures in old manuscripts of al-Bayruni’s 'Chronology of the Ancient Nations'
14:15 Philipp Nothaft (Warburg): Hand diagrams and calendrical finger reckoning in medieval Latin and Hebrew manuscripts
15:15 Alexandre Cerveux (Paris-Sorbonne & EPHE): Solmization and Guidonian hand in medieval Hebrew manuscripts
16:15 tea break
16:30 Alessandro Scafi (Warburg): Mapping Astronomical Time and Biblical Space: The Pseudo-Isidorean Vatican Map of the World
17:30 end of day 1
Thursday 13 November, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Common Room, Foster Court (ground floor), UCL
9:30 Sophie Page (UCL): Medieval magical diagrams: ritual, cosmology and the instrumentality of the image
10:30 Malachi Beit-Arié (Jerusalem, HUJ): Images as structural markers and reading aids in medieval Hebrew manuscripts
11:30 coffee break
11:45 Israel Sandman (UCL): Prose and Table in Isaac Israeli's 'Yesod Olam'
13:45 Nadia Vidro (UCL): A table or a list? The layout of perpetual Jewish calendars
14:45 Ilana Wartenberg (UCL): Diagrams and tables in medieval Hebrew scientific works by Abraham bar Hiyya and Isaac Israeli
15:45 tea break
16:00 Rahel Fronda (UCL): Transmitting tradition: micrographic diagrams and symbols and their meaning
17:00 concluding discussion
17:30 workshop ends
When & Where
ERC Project ‘Calendars in Antiquity and the Middle Ages’
The ERC Calendars project organizes a series of workshops on specific themes. The aim of these workshops is to share, discuss, and broaden our research with colleagues from the wider academic community. Contributors to the workshops include members of our research team and international experts from outside the project. The workshops are open to anyone interested.
For more information see our project website: