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Astronomical anthology manuscript (Catalonia, ca. 1361), Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection (LJS 57), Kislak Center, Unversity of Pennsylvania Libraries
Illuminating the Skies:

Jews, Science and an Astronomical Anthology
(LJS 57) in Medieval Catalonia

Dr. Aleksandra Bunčić, SIMS Visiting Research Fellow
Thursday, October 27, 5:15-6:30 PM
This seminar explores the dissemination of scientific knowledge in medieval Spain through the lens of an extraordinary illuminated manuscript that is housed at The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies and catalogued as an astronomical anthology (LJS 57). Produced in the second half of the fourteenth century (c. 1361) in Catalonia, in Hebrew, this manuscript includes a collection of astronomical texts, a copy of a treatise on the calendar compiled for King Pedro IV of Aragon, works by the twelfth-century scientist Abraham Ibn Ezra, an introduction to astrology, and a Hebrew translation of Ptolemy's Almagest. By examining this manuscript's art historical, cultural, and local contexts, the seminar consider developments in book production, astronomical iconography, and the identities and roles of Jewish scientists in late medieval Spain.

Registration for this talk is appreciated. RSVP HERE

Kislak Center room 626, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor, Philadelphia, PA
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)