851-0125-68L  Introduction to Premodern Astral Sciences

SemesterAutumn Semester 2019
LecturersS. Hirose
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractThis course gives an outline of the history of astral sciences in the premodern times. We shall look at some representative texts ranging from around the beginning of the common era until the end of medieval times, and discuss their main topics and their approaches to solve astronomical problems.
ObjectiveThere are three main aims. (1) To see how disciplines that we today would call for example "astronomy", "mathematics" or "astrology" are positioned and related with each other. (2) To recognize the variance among different authors and texts. (3) To see the exchanges with the
surrounding world.