Etudes d'astronomie byzantine: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Etudes d'astronomie byzantine

1st Edition

By Anne Tihon


336 pages

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Hardback: 9780860784371
pub: 1994-10-13

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Byzantine science has been a largely neglected subject: Byzantinists, whether dealing with the history or the literature, have most often been deterred by the technicalities; historians of Greek science have been more attracted to earlier periods. Yet, even if science in the Byzantine world may not have attained the levels of achievement of the Alexandrian period, or of the Islamic world, it is clear that it was the focus of serious scholarship, and this deserves equally serious investigation. Anne Tihon has been in the forefront of those bringing to light the wealth of unpublished texts. Her final study here presents an overview of scientific teaching in Byzantium, while other articles deal specifically with astronomy from the 9th to the 15th century. They look in particular at the relations between Byzantine and Islamic astronomy, and at calculations of the planets and eclipses.


'it provides the historian of astronomy, not necessarily a specialist in classical studies, with an important set of papers which he might have missed due to the highly specialised character of the journals in which most of them appeared originally…an extremely useful collection of papers…written by a leading specialist in the field' Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Sciences, Vol. 48, No. 140

Table of Contents

Contents: Avant-propos; L’astronomie byzantine (du Ve au XVe siècles); Le calcul de la longitude de Vénus d’après un texte anonyme du Vat. gr. 184; Le calcul de la longitude des planètes d’apres un texte anonyme du Vat. gr. 184; Sur l’identité de l’astronome Alim; Les tables astronomiques persanes à Constantinople dans la première moitié du XIV siècle; Tables islamiques à Byzance; Un traité astronomique chypriote du XIVe siècle; Calculs d’éclipses byzantins de la fin du XIVe siècle; Enseignement scientifique à Byzance; Addenda et correnda; Index.

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Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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