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The Alexandrian Tradition

Interactions between Science, Religion, and Literature


Edited By Luis Arturo Guichard, Juan Luis García Alonso and María Paz de Hoz

This book is the outcome of the conference «Imperial Alexandria: Interactions between Science, Religion and Literature», held at Salamanca University in October 2011. The conference convened a group of experts from different fields to address the interrelationship between Science, Religion and Literature in the Graeco-Roman world during the Imperial Period, and especially in Alexandria, situating it within the context of the long tradition of knowledge that had been consolidating itself in this city, above all during the Hellenistic era. The encounter’s main aim was to create a forum for interdisciplinary reflection on «the Alexandrian model» of knowledge in the Imperial Period and its background, being attended by philologists and historians specialising in different types of texts (literary, scientific and religious), whose study requires an interdisciplinary approach, with priority being given to the notion of contact and the relationship between these subjects in order to gain a better understanding of the spirit, way of thinking and moral values of a particularly important era in the development of ancient culture.
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GIANFRANCO AGOSTI teaches Classical Philology at the Sapienza University of Rome. He published the critical edition with commentary of Nonnus’ Paraphrase of St John’s Gospel chapter five (Florence, 2003), the edition with Italian translation and commentary of Nonnus’ Dionysiacs 25–39 (Milan, 2004), and he wrote extensively on Late Greek Poetry, literary papyrology, metrics, late epigraphy and iconography of late mosaics. He is currently finishing a monograph on language and style of epigraphic epigrams of Late Antiquity (La poésie épigraphique de l’Antiquité tardive en Orient, provisional title); and he is working on a new collection of papyrological fragments of Late poetry (in collaboration with Jean- Luc Fournet), and on a critical edition with commentary of Epigrammata Graeca de poetis of the Imperial and Late Greek Period (in collaboration with Enrico Magnelli).

J. LENNART BERGGREN is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics at Simon Fraser University, near Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is the author of over sixty papers and numerous book reviews on the history of mathematics, astronomy and cartography in the ancient and medieval worlds. Among his books are Episodes in the Mathematics of Medieval Islam, which has been translated into German and Farsi, Ptolemy’s Geography: An annotated translation of the theoretical chapters (jointly with Alexander Jones), and Geminos’s Introduction to the Phenomena: A translation and study of a Hellenistic survey of astronomy (jointly with James Evans).

LAURENT BRICAULT is Professor of Roman History at the University of Toulouse II – Le Mirail....

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