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Finding, Inheriting or Borrowing Construction and Transfer of Knowledge about Man and Nature in Anti

The conference aims at answering questions dealing with the creation and justification of knowledge, such as: How is ‘foreign’ knowledge given authority? What are the mechanisms of legitimation? Are the ascriptions by the sources concerning the knowledge’s origin (inherited or borrowed) traceable or artificial and unfounded? Does transferred knowledge create new concepts during the act of borrowing? Are there special fields of knowledge that are linked to certain societies or social groups?

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 14-15-16/09/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Johannes Gutenberg-University (Mainz, Germany)


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September 14th, 2016

Institut Français, Schillerstr. 11, 55116 Mainz

2:15 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

Panel A: Methodological and Theoretical Aspects

2:55 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Jean-Marc Mandosio (Paris/History of Philosophy) How Alchemy was Discovered: Greek, Arabic and Latin Accounts on the Invention of a 'New' Science?

3:30 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. Susanne Beck (Tübingen/Egyptology) Transfer of Knowledge: From Mesopotamia to Egypt.

4:05 p.m. - 4:35 p.m. Coffee break

4:35 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. Jeffrey L. Cooley (Boston/Theology) Epistemology in the Biblical Tradition: Judean Knowledge-Building, Scribal Craftsmanship, and Scribal Culture.

5:10 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Lennart Lehmhaus (Berlin/Jewish Studies) Talmudic Bodies and Nature - Constructing and Authorizing Knowledge in Late Antique Jewish Tradition.

5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Short break

Public Keynote

6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Roy Ellen (Kent/Anthropology) Transmitting Symbolic Concepts from the Perspective of Cultural

Cognition: the Acquisition and Transfer of Folk-Biological Knowledge.

7:45 p.m. Reception

September 15th, 2016

Erbacher Hof, Grebenstr. 24-26, 55116 Mainz

Panel B: Of Man and Moon - Knowledge and Cultural Meaning of the Moon

9:30 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. Tim Brandes (Mainz/Assyriology) "He Assigned Him as the Jewel of the Night" - The Knowledge of the Moon in Mesopotamian Texts of the Late 2nd and 1st Millennium BC.

10:05 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Victoria Altmann-Wendling (Mainz/Egyptology) Shapeshifter - Knowledge of the Moon in Graeco-Roman Egypt.

10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Coffee break

11:10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Liba Taub (Cambridge/Classical Philology) Plutarch's Concept of the Moon in his De facie in orbe lunae against the Background of his Predecessors.

11:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. José Miguel Puebla Morón (Madrid/History) Iconography of the Moon in the Coinage of Greek Sicily.

12:20 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch break

1:45 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Allard Mees (Mainz/Archaeology) Early Celtic Time Cycles: Adaption and Creation.

2:20 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Alberto Bardi (München/Byzantine Studies) Reception and Reject of Foreign Astronomical Knowledge in Byzantium.

2:55 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Final Discussion Panel B

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Coffee break

Panel C: The End of the World in Fire - Imaginations from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

3:45 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Götz König (Berlin/Iranian Studies) The Idea of an Apocalyptic Fire According to the Middle Iranian Sources and the Question of an Old Iranian Heritage.

4:20 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. Knut Usener (Wuppertal/Classical Philology) Burning for a Fresh Start.

4:55 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. Short break

5:10 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Dominic Bärsch (Mainz/Classical Philology) Poets, Prophets and Philosophers - Otto von Freising's End of the World.

5:45 p.m. - 6:20 p.m. Jens Peter Schjødt (Aarhus/Religious Studies) Some Reflections on the Ragnarok-Myth in Scandinavia.

6:20 p.m. - 6:40 p.m. Final Discussion Panel C

6:40 p.m. Dinner

September 16th, 2016

Erbacher Hof, Grebenstr. 24-26, 55116 Mainz

Panel D: Pejorative Description and Distinction Based on Human Perceptions of Animals

9:00 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. Cristiana Franco (Siena/Anthropology & Classics) According to the Rung. Towards an Intersectional Analysis of Animal Representations.

9:35 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Idan Breier (Tel Aviv/Jewish History) Shaming by Naming: "Dog" as a Derogatory Term for Human Beings in Ancient Near Eastern Sources.

10:10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Fabio Tutrone (Palermo/Classical Philology) "Some of You are Dogs Who Can Both Bark and Bite" (Pro Rosc. Amer. 57):

Cicero, Lucretius, and the Ambiguities of Roman Dogness.

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Coffee break

11:15 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Tristan Schmidt (Mainz/Byzantine Studies) Beasts of Prey as a Means of Exclusion and Vilification of Social Groups in the Byzantine Political Discourse (12th ct.).

11:50 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Imke Fleuren (Mainz/Egyptology) Animal Imagery as a Means to Describe 'the Other' in Ancient Egypt.

12:25 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch break

1:45 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Sandra Kyewski (Basel/Classical Archaeology) Monkey Business - The Defamation of Men through Animal-Like Faces.

2:20 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Seth F. C. Richardson (Chicago/Assyriology) Nature Engaged and Disengaged: The Case of Mesopotamian Literatures.

2:55 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Final Discussion Panel D

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Concluding Discussion

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