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Astronomy in Byzantium: Workshop of Entangled Cultures

Alberto Bardi, Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani, Fellow 2018–2019

The remarkable resources of the library and the manuscripts-on-microfilm database allowed me to have a productive time: I finalized articles for peer-reviewed journals, wrote and submitted new articles, and began my second monograph. This book constitutes a survey on the cross-cultural encounters between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Byzantine astronomy, which combines translations of primary sources with Byzantine history, philosophy, and history of science. I devoted my research stay to translating astronomical texts and to drafting chapters on boundaries between Greek and non-Greek science, religion, and social order in Byzantine history. I also held a small reading group on Ptolemy’s Almagest during the fall semester.