87371 - History of Ancient Science (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Through the study of primary sources as well as of the main exegetical schools developed by modern interpreters, students will be provided with the intellectual tools necessary to: critically read and interpret scientific works, practices and theories from Antiquity; become aware of the historical and philological mechanisms that guided their transmission and promoted their influence over the centuries.

Course contents

This course offers a theoretical introduction to ancient science, as well as its development and transmission. General questions - such as literary genres of the sources, fluid transmission and multilingual traditions - will be the starting point to explora particular disciplines such as medicine, astrology, divination, zoography, alchemyand physiognomy. 

Arabo-Islamic science will be the banner under which a much broader approach which begins with Antiquity and Late antiquity casting its influence on the Middle Age and Early Modern will be carried out. 

Readings/Bibliography

M. Ullmann, Die Natur- und Geheimwissenschaften im Islam, 1972

P. Pormann - E. Savage-Smith, Medieval Islamic Medicine, 2007

M. Ullmann, Islamic Medicine, 1979

P. Carusi, Lo zafferano e il geco. Le scienze della vita nella società islamica del medioevo, 2007.

For those who decide not to attend to the course, there will be additional reading to be discussed with the teacher, also considering the specific interests of the student.

Teaching methods

The course will offer frontal lessons that will provide the students with the theoretical tools to engage in the reading and comment of primary sources. Students will be encouraged to follow their specific interests developed during the course, and to present the results of their individual or group research in class. In general, they will be invited to take active part to the discussion in class. 

Assessment methods

Oral examination in which the student will be asked to display his or her knowledge of the contents dealt with during the seminar, as well as the ability to commento on the primary sources and link the different topics dealt with in class. 

For those who decide not to attend to the course, there will be additional reading to be discussed with the teacher, also considering the specific interests of the student.

Office hours

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