The Case of the Mystery Eclipse of 811

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun. This can only happen at the New Moon (obviously) and therefore eclipses interested early medieval Christians – not because they were necessarily mysterious or portentous, but because they helped to check the accuracy of the calculations about luni-solar cycles for… Continue reading The Case of the Mystery Eclipse of 811

Post-Classical Libraries: A Workshop

Last year saw the publication of two volumes of essays on learning edited by colleagues over in Classics: Ancient Libraries and Encyclopaedism from Antiquity to the Renaissance. These well-received collections came out of a project conceptualising learning in the Roman World. Today, the ringleaders – Greg Woolf and Jason König – started planning a new… Continue reading Post-Classical Libraries: A Workshop