Seminar: Digital technologies and the Herculaneum Papyri
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:14:24 +0000
This week sees the final seminar in this Summer’s series. Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2015 Friday August 15 at 16:30 in room G21A, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU Sarah Hendriks (CISPE: Centro Internazionale Studio dei Papiri Ercolanesi, Naples): ‘Digital technologies and the Herculaneum Papyri’ The technology available today […]Read more...
Seminar: Graecum-Arabicum-Latinum Encoded Corpus (GALEN©)
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:14:52 +0000
Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2015 Friday August 7 at 16:30 in room G21A, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU Usama Gad (Heidelberg): ‘Graecum-Arabicum-Latinum Encoded Corpus (GALEN©)’ GALEN is a long-term project to produce the first comprehensive digital corpus of translations between Greek, Arabic and Latin. The project seeks […]Read more...
Geographia, Chorographia, and the Prehistory of Modern Geography: Unravelling the Geographike Hyphegesis of Claudius Ptolemy
Publication date: Mar 13, 2013 04:22 PM
Start: May 20, 2013 05:30 PM
Location: G31, Foster Court
Dr Leif Isaksen, University of Southampton
This paper will argue that Ptolemy’s Geographike Hyphegesis ('Manual for world-drawing') is a unique fusion of pre-Ptolemaic sources that far surpasses its precursors. It makes the case that the work’s purpose is to provide a terrestrial counterpart to the data compiled in his earlier and equally significant astronomical treatise, the Mathematical Syntaxis. This is expressly to derive local celestial phenomena for a given time in order to draw a wide range of astrological, meteorological, environmental and anthropological conclusions.
A variety of digital methods, including toponymic comparisons, and linear interpolation, will be used to expose the ways in which this combination of fragmentary source material has left traces within the structure of the enormous place catalogue that indicate the nature of both geographic and chorographic sources. Exploring these spatial and categorical ‘fractures’ opens up new possibilities for appraising a crucial stage in the development of geographic thought.
Leif Isaksen is Deputy Director of the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Southampton. He is researching the impact that rapidly changing social and technical connectivity is having on heritage discourse, both within and beyond academia, and has a strong interest in the development of geographic thought and representation in Antiquity, and especially in the work of Claudius Ptolemy and the Roman itinerary tradition.
A drinks reception will follow, all welcome.
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