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.


When he's not tired, fixing his car or caught in train delays, Alun Salt works part-time for the Annals of Botany weblog. His PhD was in ancient science at the University of Leicester, but he doesn't know Richard III.