ERC Project ‘Calendars in Antiquity and the Middle Ages’, Workshop 2
The language of ancient and medieval calendars, astronomy, and mathematics
8 May 2014
Roberts 422, Roberts Engineering Building, UCL, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE
this second workshop of the ERC project ‘Calendars in Antiquity and
the Middle Ages’, we examine the development of the language, terms, and
terminology that were used in dates, calendars, and the related
disciplines of astronomy and mathematics. Our textual evidence includes
inscriptions and documents of the Roman period and
a wide range of medieval Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin scientific works.
The aim of the ERC Calendars project workshops is to share, discuss, and broaden our research with colleagues from the wider, international academic community. Our workshops are open to anyone interested.
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
The workshop runs as part of the research project 'Calendars in Late
Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Standardization and Fixation'