The Translation of Arabic Scientific Texts into Greek between the 9th and 15th Centuries

February 26th - 27th, 2021

A Mainz History Talks workshop organized by
Joe Glynias (Princeton University) and Johannes Pahlitzsch (JGU Mainz)
under the auspices of the Gutenberg International Conference Center,
in cooperation with the Princeton University Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity
and the Program in Medieval Studies


Friday, Feb 26th


2.30pm - 3.00pm: Introduction for presenters and respondents

3.00pm - 3.30pm: Introduction

3.30pm - 5.30pm: 1st session

Joe Glynias (Princeton): “Reconstructing 11th-century Byzantine astrology and its Arabic Influence from later Greek Manuscripts”

respondent: Charles Burnett (London)

Luca Farina (Padova/Paris): “Entangled Knowledges in Byzantium: Abū Maʿšar al-Balḫī and Māšāʾallāh ibn Aṯarī into Greek”

respondent: Zachary Chitwood (Mainz)

5.30pm - 6.15pm: Informal coffee and discussion for presenters and respondents

6.15pm - 6.30pm: Break from screens

2nd session

6.30pm - 8.30pm: 2nd session

Antoine Pietrobelli (Reims)/ Marie Cronier (Paris): “Arabic Galenism in Byzantine Antioch: Ibn Butlan and Symeon Seth”

respondent: Panagiotis Agapitos (Nicosia)

Alexander Treiger (Halifax): “The Arabic Neoplatonica and the Melkites: New Perspectives”

respondent: Johannes Pahlitzsch (Mainz)


Saturday, Feb 27th


3.00pm - 5.00pm:
3rd session

Alexandre Roberts (Los Angeles): “Byzantine Engagement with Islamicate Alchemy”

respondent: Gerasimos Merianos (Athens)

Christine Roughan (New York): “Into Baghdad and Out of Maragha: Two Moments in the Transmission of Astronomy”

respondent: Dimitri Gutas (New Haven)

5.00pm - 5.45pm: Informal coffee and discussion for presenters and respondents

5.45pm - 6.00pm: Break from screens

6.00pm - 7.00pm: Roundtable

moderators: Zachary Chitwood / Johannes Pahlitzsch


Please note that the program is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the conference.