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.
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