Ancient Astronomy comes to Liverpool in 2008


The Three Graces
The Three Graces. Photo (cc) Maddie Digital.

One of the things I’m work­ing on has moved a step closer to fruition. I say I’m work­ing on, Alexandra Smith at Cardiff is doing most of the work at the moment. Anyway, there’ll be a ses­sion on Classics, Astronomy and Interdisciplinarity at the Classical Association 2008 Meeting in Liverpool. There’ll be four papers:

  • Astronomy and Ancient Greek Cult: New Perspectives to Greek Religious Architecture and Cult Practices. Dr. Efrosyni Boutsikas (Leicester)
  • Astronomy, Stoicism and Politics in Aratus’ Phaenomena. Stamatina Mastorakou (Imperial)
  • Impossible to Ignore? Some Uncomfortable Implications of the Antikythera Mechanism. Prof. Mike Edmunds (Cardiff University and The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project)
  • Eclipses as a Tool of Chronology. Alexandra Smith (Cardiff)

I’m not giv­ing a talk as ses­sions are lim­ited to four spaces. I already know what I would say and think I’d bene­fit more from listen­ing to someone else speak. However I am lis­ted as com­père ses­sion chair. We don’t have a firm date yet, though I’m told it’s more likely to be on the week­end rather than the Friday.

I’ll put up more inform­a­tion when it goes live on the Liverpool site. I’ve no desire to annoy them as they’re doing a fant­astic job. Some of the requests I put in were unusual. The dates for your diary are the 27th to the 30th of March.