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The language of ancient and medieval calendars, astronomy, and mathematics

ERC Project ‘Calendars in Antiquity and the Middle Ages’

Thursday, 8 May 2014 from 09:30 to 18:30 (BST)

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In this second workshop of the ERC project ‘Calendars in Antiquity and the Middle Ages’, we examine the uses and development of language, terms, and terminology in dates, calendars, and the related disciplines of astronomy and mathematics, as attested in inscriptions and documents of the Roman period and in medieval Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin scientific works.

Programme

9:30        Registration

9:45        Ilaria Bultrighini (UCL): Naming the days: the week and its nomenclatures in the Roman Empire

10:45     Coffee break

11:00     Nick Gonis (UCL):Dating documents in Egypt under the Emperors and the early Caliphs

12:00     François de Blois (UCL): Falak: a contribution to the history of Arabic astronomical terminology

13:00     Lunch

14:00     Sonja Brentjes (Berlin): Terminological problems with 9th-century Arabic versions of Euclid's Elements

15:00     Naomi Aradi (Jerusalem): The decimal system in medieval Hebrew arithmetic – the sources of the term sifra

16:00     Tea break

16:15     Ilana Wartenberg (UCL): Scientific vocabulary in Isaac Israeli's Yesod Olam

17:15     Charles Burnett (Warburg): The terminology of the medieval Latin abacus and algorism

18:15     Concluding discussion

18:30     Workshop ends

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Roberts 422, Roberts Engineering Building
Torrington Place
WC1E 7JE London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 8 May 2014 from 09:30 to 18:30 (BST)


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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:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hebrew-jewish/research/research-pro/calendars-antiquity-middle-ages

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