Ps-Ptolemy’s Ὁ Καρπός and Byzantine Astrological Practice

Detail of the first page of a 15/16th-century copy of the Ὁ Καρπός. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Pal.gr. 270, fol. 107r.

Date: Apr 1, 2021 Time: 4:00 PM–5:00 PM Location: Zoom Address: ,

Darin Hayton explores ps-Ptolemy’s Ὁ Καρπός to elucidate the culture of astrology in the later Byzantine empire.

Ps-Ptolemy’s Ὁ Καρπός and Byzantine Astrological Practice

The collection of astrological aphorisms that circulated under Ptolemy’s name raises a number of questions about the practice of astrology in the later Byzantine empire. The form and the content of the collection points to a thriving culture of astrology, one that possibly included social performances. In this lecture I will explore the various facets of this text — e.g., its material history and circulation, the aphorism as a form of authority and knowledge making, the arrangement and content of individual aphorisms and their sequence — in order to articulate some of those questions about the culture of astrology and to suggest some possible answers. Parts of this lecture will be speculative, but I hope generatively so.

Sponsored by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

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