HIST230 - THE MEDITERRANEAN ORIGINS OF WESTERN SCIENCE

Description: 
Whether Greeks and Romans, or Arabs, Latins, and Byzantines, the cultures that ringed the premodern Mediterranean were engaged in a continual struggle for superiority. Simultaneously, however, they were in constant dialogue with one another, sharing texts and ideas, food and luxuries. In this class, we will look in detail at those times and places where science and medicine moved between the cultures of the premodern Mediterranean, and explore the questions these movements raise. Our course will approach these questions by considering the long history of these cross-cultural influences, from the Mesopotamian roots of Greek astronomy to Persian influences on Copernicus; by exploring both limited translation efforts, such as the use of Arabic science and medicine under the Byzantines and major translation movements, such as the Greek-(Syriac)-Arabic translations under the ‘Abbasids; and by contextualizing these intellectual transfers with comparisons to food, art, and material culture.
Day and Time: 
CANCELED
Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
  • CLST230402