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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Mathieu Ossendrijver: Computing the ways of the gods: Astronomical Prediction in Babylon

Online Lecture
7:30 pm CET

Mathieu Ossendrijver (FU Berlin) is an historian of ancient science who holds doctorates in both assyriology and astrophysics. His research focuses on Babylonian astral science and mathematics, contextual aspects of Babylonian scholarship and cross-cultural transformations of knowledge between Babylonia, Egypt, and the Greco-Roman world. He is the author of Babylonian Mathematical Astronomy: Procedure Texts (2012).

In his talk, Mathieu Ossendrijver will discuss:
  • The nature of cuneiform writing
  • Gods, divine manifestations, and divine agency
  • Stars, planets, and gods: their manifestation and signification

Readings for this seminar can be obtained by emailing Aaron Tugendhaft at a.tugendhaft@berlin.bard.edu. It will be expected that all participants will have done the reading ahead of time.


This event is the first in a series of seminars organized by the BCB Science & Religion Project, a part of the Oxford-led project "New Horizons for Science and Religion in Central and Eastern Europe" with support from the Templeton Foundation.

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Contact information:  a.tugendhaft@berlin.bard.edu

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