A Companion to Byzantine Science


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Science in Byzantium has rarely been systematically explored. A first of its kind, this collection of essays highlights the disciplines, achievements, and contexts of Byzantine science across the eleven centuries of the Byzantine empire. After an introduction on science in Byzantium and the 21st century, and a study of Christianization and the teaching of science in Byzantium, it offers a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the scientific disciplines cultivated in Byzantium, from the exact to the natural sciences, medicine, polemology, and the occult sciences. The volume showcases the diversity and vivacity of the varied scientific endeavours in the Byzantine world across its long history, and aims to bring the field into broader conversations within Byzantine studies, medieval studies, and history of science.

Contributors are Fabio Acerbi, Anne-Laurence Caudano, Gonzalo Andreotti Cruz, Katerina Ierodiakonou, Herve Inglebert, Stavros Lazaris, Divna Manolova, Maria K. Papathanassiou, Inmaculada Pérez Martín, Thomas Salmon, Ioannis Telelis, Anne Tihon, Alain Touwaide, Arnaud Zucker.

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Stavros Lazaris is a researcher at the CNRS, Paris. His research focuses on the history of the Byzantine civilisation and the study of original documents in the fields of the history of science and technology and the history of texts and images. His other interests include the function of medieval illustrations and their importance in the transmission of medical and scientific knowledge to Byzantium, as well as the Christianisation of pagan scientific literature.

Stavros Lazaris

1. The Knowledge of Pagan Greeks
Hervé Inglebert

2. Science Teaching
Inmaculada Pérez Martín & Divna Manolova

3. Logistic, Arithmetic, Harmonic Theory, Geometry, Metrology, Optics and Mechanics
Fabio Acerbi

4. Byzantine Theories of vision
Katerina Ierodiakonou

5. Meteorology and Physics
Ioannis Telelis

6. Astronomy and Astrology
Anne-Laurence Caudano

7. Geography
Inmaculada Pérez Martín & Gonzalo Andreotti Cruz

8. Zoology
Arnaud Zucker

9. Botany
Alain Touwaide

10. Medicine and Pharmacology
Alain Touwaide

11. Veterinary medicine
Stavros Lazaris

12. Science of warfare
Thomas Salmon

13. Occult Sciences
Maria K. Papathanassiou

Anne Tihon

General Bibliography
General Index
Index of Manuscripts
The volume will be of immediate interest for all researchers and students interested in the history of science and the Byzantine world, and everyone concerned with medieval history in general.
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