News and Announcements
First PAL volume now published!
The First Latin Treatise on Ptolemy’s Astronomy: The Almagesti minor (c. 1200)
by Henry Zepeda
The Almagesti minor is one of the most important works of medieval astronomy. Probably written in northern France circa 1200, it is a Latin summary of the first six books of Ptolemy’s astronomical masterpiece, the Almagest. Also known to modern scholars as the “Almag…
First International Workshop of the project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus
The project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus (PAL), in cooperation with the project ALFA (Alfonsine Astronomy, at the Paris Observatory) organises its first international workshop on Monday through Wednesday, 19-21 November 2018. Under the title “Pre-Modern Astronomical and Astrological Data in Tabular Form: Storage, Edition and Mathematical Analysis”, 12 international experts on astronomical and astrological tables in different cultures will present methods to criti…
Studentische Hilfskraft opportunity (from May 2018 onwards)
Three research fellows invited for 2018
- Professor Klaus Geus (Freie Universität Berlin): "The oikumene in Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos" (one month, August or September 2018)
PAL Fellowships 2018
The call for applications for our fellowships for a period from 1 to 4 months during the year 2018 has been distributed through various channels. The full text of the call can also be found on our website under this link.
Job vacancy: One or two new Hilfskräfte with good knowledge of Arabic
The project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus is searching for one or two Hilfskräfte with a good account of written Arabic, starting from 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The full text of the job description can be found at http://ptolemaeus.badw.de/jobs
Two research fellows invited for 2016
The project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus invited two research fellows for the year 2016:
- Dr. José Bellver (Barcelona) will be working on the critical edition of Jābir ibn Aflaḥ's Iṣlāh al-Majisṭi (January-March 2016)
- Dr. Mohammad Mozaffari (Maragha) will be working on Islamic mathematical astronomy (October 2016)
Jordanus database now online at Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus
JORDANUS, An International Catalogue of Mediaeval Scientific Manuscripts (ed. Menso Folkerts) is now available online on the server of the project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus at the address: jordanus.ptolemaeus.badw.de
JORDANUS provides information about c.13.000 medieval manuscripts (500-1500 A.D.) dealing with mathematics in the broad sense, including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonomet…
PAL Fellowships 2016
The call for applications for our fellowships for a period from 1 to 4 months during the year 2016 has been distributed through various channels. The full text of the call can also be found on our website under this link.
First Ptolemy Conference, Warburg Institute 5-7 November 2015
Ptolemy’s Science of the Stars in the Middle Ages
Warburg Institute, 5-7 November 2015
This first international conference of the project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus (http://ptolemaeus.badw.de) will explore the Arabic and Latin traditions of Ptolemy’s astronomical and astrological works from late Antiquity to the seven…
Launch of PAL Website
The website of the project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus has been launched on August 15, 2014. For the time being it contains basic information on the project and the people working on it. In the future it will be developed into a major research tool for scholars interested in the Ptolemaic tradition and will serve as a communication interface for these scholars.
Two Latin paleographers hired
The project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus appointed two 50% Latin paleographers, who will transcribe Latin Ptolemaic texts. The two new members of the team are Dr. Monika Isépy (LMU Munich) for the period July-December 2014 and Dr. Irina Galynina (Freiburg) for the period October 2014-September 2016.
Four research fellows invited for 2014
The project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus invited four research fellows for the summer and autumn of 2014:
- Dr. Flora Vafea (Cairo) will do preparatory work on a Greek-Arabic-Latin glossary of astronomical and astrological terms in the period August-October 2014.
- Prof. Dr. Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute, London), in cooperation with Prof. Yamamoto, will work on an edition of the Latin and Arabic translations of Ptolemy's main astrological work, the Tetr…
Project director celebrates 45th birthday!
The director of the project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus, Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus Hasse (University of Würzburg), celebrated his 45th birthday on 3 March 2014. We wish him the very best for the coming years and hope that he will lead the project in good health until its predicted end in 2037.
Official opening of the project
On 14 February 2014 the project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus was officially presented at the Deutsches Museum. Introductions were given by Prof. Helmuth Trischler (Research Director of the Deutsches Museum), Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Hoffmann (President of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities) and Prof. Dr. Menso Folkerts (Chairman of the Commission for the History of Science of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities). Then the project was pre…
Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus on Austrian radio
The radio program Dimensionen - die Welt der Wissenschaft of the Austrian radio ORF on Monday, 20 January 2014, was devoted to Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus. Under the title "Ptolemäus neu gelesen. Ein wissenschaftlicher Irrtum und sein kulturelles Erbe", Sabrina Adlbrecht presented our project on the basis of interviews with Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus Hasse, Prof. Dr. P. Kunitzsch und Dr. Benno van Dalen. The website of this radio program can be found
Special issue of Akademie Aktuell on PAL
The third issue in the year 2013 of Akademie Aktuell, the official journal of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (in German), is devoted to the project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus. In articles aimed at a non-specialist audience, Dag Nikolaus Hasse, David Juste, Benno van Dalen, Alexander Jones, Paul Kunitzsch, Charles Burnett and Noel Swerdlow elucidate various aspects of the project. The whole issue can be downloaded