Babylonian-and-Egyptian-Science | Conference Poster

In the last few decades our understanding of scholarship, priesthood and temple institutions during the
late periods of Babylonian and Egyptian history has greatly expanded. However, the results that were obtained in
each area are not always noticed across disciplinary boundaries, and the same may be true for some of the
innovative approaches that were adopted in research. The conference will bring together specialists in
Late Babylonian, Late Egyptian and Egyptian Graeco-Roman science as well as experts in the temple institutions
and the social and institutional contexts in which scholarship was practiced. The conference focuses on
the time between 600 BCE and 200 CE, roughly corresponding to the Neo Babylonian, Achaemenid, Seleucid
and Parthian eras in Babylonia and the Late Egyptian, Ptolemaic and Roman eras in Egypt. During this period
there were significant developments in the sciences as well as major changes in the role of the temples
as loci of scholarship, the notion of priesthood and the practice of royal patronage.

Program

12.5.2016
09:15 - 09:30
Welcome
09:30 - 10:20
Egyptian scholars, priests and temples between autonomy and state authority
Brian MuhsDepartment of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, USA
10:20 - 11:10
Chronicles: temples, priests and historiography in Babylonia
Caroline WaerzeggersLeiden Institute for Area Studies, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
11:10 - 11:30
Break
11:30 - 12:20
Egyptian temple inscriptions of the Roman Period – primarily from Esna
David Klotzeikones, NFS Bildkritik, Basel, Switzerland
12:20 - 13:10
Canonized knowledge in Late Antiquity between Jewish and Babylonian scholars
Markham J. GellerExcellence Cluster Topoi
13:10 - 14:30
Lunch
14:30 - 15:20
The economic interests of Urukean scholars
Heather BakerDepartment of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Toronto, Canada
15:20 - 16:10
The business portfolio of Babylonian scholars and private funding of temples in the Late Period
Johannes HacklAltorientalisches Institut, Universität Leipzig
16:10 - 16:30
Break
16:30 - 17:20
Priestly scholars in Late Egypt: the theoretical side
Joachim QuackÄgyptologisches Institut, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
13.5.2016
09:30 - 10:20
The religious sciences in Ancient Egypt
Alexandra von LievenÄgyptologisches Seminar, Freie Universität Berlin
10:20 - 11:10
Chaeremon of Alexandria and the catasterism of Poppaea (P.Oxy. 77.5105) between Stoic philosophy and Egyptian science
Livia CapponiDipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy
11:10 - 11:30
Break
11:30 - 12:20
Incorporating tradition within innovation: the continued relevance of MUL.APIN in Late Babylonian astronomy
John Steele Department of Egyptology and Assyriology, Brown University, Providence, USA
12:20 - 13:10
Philology: principles of a cuneiform discipline
Eva Cancik-KirschbaumInstitut für Altorientalistik, Freie Universität Berlin
13:10 - 14:30
Lunch
14:30 - 15:20
Charming snakes (and kings) from Egypt to Persia
Damien AgutCentre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris, France
Philippe ClancierArchéologies et Sciences de l`Antiquité, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
15:20 - 16:10
Babylonian words in Greek lexicographical texts and the transfer of Babylonian knowledge
Geert de BreuckerRijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands
16:10 - 16:30
Break
16:30 - 17:20
Berossus and the Creation Story
Paul-Alain BeaulieuArt Department, University of Toronto, Canada
14.5.2016
09:30 - 10:20
Late Babylonian predictions of market prices and weather
Mathieu OssendrijverInstitut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
10:20 - 11:10
The Babylonian iatro-mathematical calendar
Marvin SchreiberInstitut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
11:10 - 11:30
Break
11:30 - 12:20
From the archive of an astrologer
Andreas WinklerOriental Institute, University of Oxford, UK
12:20 - 13:10
Astronomy and the temple cults in Hellenistic Babylonia
Julia KrulLeiden Institute for Area Studies, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
13:10 - 14:30
Lunch