IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 306: Predicting the Future: Astrological Texts and Instruments

Monday 11 July 2005, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:The British Museum
Organiser:Catherine Eagleton, Department of Coins & Medals, British Museum, London
Moderator/Chair:Anke Timmermann, Department of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
Paper 306-aChaucer on Astrology and the Astrolabe
(Language: English)
Catherine Eagleton, Department of Coins & Medals, British Museum, London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Science
Paper 306-bScience or Superstition?: Astrology and Instruments
(Language: English)
Silke Ackermann, Department of Prehistory & Europe, British Museum, London
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Science
Paper 306-cA Practical Demonstration of the Use of the Astrolabe
(Language: English)
Silke Ackermann, Department of Prehistory & Europe, British Museum, London
Catherine Eagleton, Department of Coins & Medals, British Museum, London
Abstract

This session will look at objects and texts in medieval astrology – how did medieval scholars cast horoscopes and what tools did they use to do it? The three papers in this session will take evidence from texts, images and material culture as a starting point for discussion of astrology in theory and practice.