IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 137: Foretelling the Future in the Carolingian World: Text and Context

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Onderzoekschool Mediƫvistiek, Groningen
Organiser:Rob Meens, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Rob Meens, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 137-aScholarly Knowledge in Clerical Manuscripts from the Carolingian Era: Pagan Theory and Superstitious Beliefs in a 9th-Century Computus Manuscript?
(Language: English)
Annemarie Veenstra, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Pagan Religions, Religious Life, Science
Paper 137-bClash or Complementary? Prognostic Texts in Medical Manuscripts: The Case of Berlin MS Phill 1790
(Language: English)
Ria Paroubek-Groenewoud, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine, Pagan Religions, Religious Life
Paper 137-cPagan Knowledge in a Liturgical Context?: Prognostic Texts in Vienna, Ɩsterreichische Nationalbibliotek, cod. 1888
(Language: English)
Marian de Heer, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Pagan Religions, Religious Life, Science
Abstract

In this session the different uses of prognostic texts in the Carolingian world will be discussed by presenting three case studies. Different ideas about the nature of these texts exist. Some scholars see them as remnants of pagan practice, while others regard them as part of a Christian intellectual heritage. This session contributes to this debate by investigating three Carolingian manuscripts which contain such texts, but in totally different contexts.