Posts made in November, 2012

East Asian History Sourcebook East Asian History Sourcebook: Ch’ing-Tsing: Nestorian Tablet: Eulogizing the Propagation of the Illustrious Religion in China, with a Preface, – Paul Halsall

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on East Asian History Sourcebook East Asian History Sourcebook: Ch’ing-Tsing: Nestorian Tablet: Eulogizing the Propagation of the Illustrious Religion in China, with a Preface, – Paul Halsall

composed by a priest of the Syriac Church, 781 A.D. [Horne Introduction]: This remarkable record of the fact that Christianity flourished in medieval China is a huge stone about ten feet high. Carven dragons and a cross adorn its summit, and its main shaft is completely covered with some two thousand Chinese characters. It stands now in the Peilin or “Forest of Tablets” in Sian-fu, this Peilin being a great hall specially devoted to the preservation of old historic tablets. Up to a few years ago the ancient stone stood with other unvalued monuments in the grounds of a Buddhist...

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Severus Sebokht, on the constellations

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on Severus Sebokht, on the constellations

This text was transcribed by Roger Pearse, Ipswich, UK Introduction by François Nau     •    Introduction     •    The sources used by Severus     •    Biographical details on Severus Sebokht given by Ms. 364. The treatise on the constellations, written in 660 by Severus Sebokht, Bishop of Kinnesrin. Introduction Severus Sebokht has been known above all as a populariser among the Syrians of Greek philosophy.  (cf. E. Renan, De philosophia peripatetica apud Syros) We now know, thanks to a manuscript brought to light by Addai Scher and analysed in ROC 15 (1910),...

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Severus Sebokht, Description of the Astrolabe

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on Severus Sebokht, Description of the Astrolabe

This text was transcribed by Roger Pearse, Ipswich, UK Severus Sebokht, Description of the Astrolabe, in R.T.Gunther, Astrolabes of the World, Oxford (1932) •Introduction •Part 2 – Use of the Astrolabe ◦1. To find during the day, with the help of the astrolabe, the solar hour; then to find for this hour the degree (of the zodiac) that is in the ascendant, which star rises and sets, is in the descendant, which is in the middle of the heaven (at the meridian) and which is beneath the earth. ◦2. To find the hour during the night from the stars. ◦3. To find the hour during...

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Science of the Babylonia era

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on Science of the Babylonia era

ASTRONOMY Among the sciences, astronomy and astrology occupied a conspicuous place in Babylonian society. Astronomy was of old standing in Babylonia, and the standard work on the subject, written from an astrological point of view, later translated into Greek by Berossus, was believed to date from the age of Sargon of Akkad. The zodiac was a Babylonian invention of great antiquity and eclipses of the sun and moon could be foretold. There are dozens of cuneiform records of original Mesopotamian eclipse observations (see Wikipedia`s `Chronology of Babylonia and Assyria`). Observatories were...

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Theodora (Wife of Justinian I) – James Allan Evans

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Articles, Library | Comments Off on Theodora (Wife of Justinian I) – James Allan Evans

University of British Columbia Sources If we except the chroniclers, there are hardly any sources for Theodora that are written without parti pris. The most important, Procopius of Caesarea, who is our only source for the lurid details of Theodora’s early life, presented a different Theodora in each of his three works, the History of the Wars of Justinian in seven books to which an eighth was added later, the Anekdota orSecret History, to give it its popular name, an essay purportedly written immediately after the first seven books of the Wars were published and containing...

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