Articles, textbooks, blogs and tweets – today science can take many shapes to communicate. Ancient Greek and Roman authors could not discuss natural phenomena or mathematical problems on Twitter. However, they used an impressive variety of different formats, including poetry, lectures and inscriptions on sundials. In fact, the range of forms chosen for the dissemination of scientific ideas is one of the most puzzling and understudied aspects of ancient intellectual life. Liba Taub and her Berlin Research Group have been exploring the shapes of ancient scientific texts and tools and will present exciting findings.

In the course of the evening, project team members will share their work at a number of ‘stations’: Liba Taub and Aude Doody (Greeks and Roman Science), Gerd Graßhoff and Florian Kotschka (Astro-Meteorological Calendars), Elisabeth Rinner (Astronomical Globes), Bernhard Fritsch and Maria Keil (Sundials).

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18:30 - 19:00
19:00 - 19:15
19:15 - 19:30
Keynote by Liba Taub
19:30 - 20:30
Presentations and Discussion
20:30 - 22:00