Byzantine science has been a largely neglected subject: Byzantinists, whether dealing with the history or the literature, have most often been deterred by the technicalities; historians of Greek science have been more attracted to earlier periods. Yet, even if science in the Byzantine world may not have attained the levels of achievement of the Alexandrian period, or of the Islamic world, it is clear that it was the focus of serious scholarship, and this deserves equally serious investigation. Anne Tihon has been in the forefront of those bringing to light the wealth of unpublished texts. Her final study here presents an overview of scientific teaching in Byzantium, while other articles deal specifically with astronomy from the 9th to the 15th century. They look in particular at the relations between Byzantine and Islamic astronomy, and at calculations of the planets and eclipses.
Contents: Avant-propos; L'astronomie byzantine (du Ve au XVe siecles); Le calcul de la longitude de Venus d'apres un texte anonyme du Vat. gr. 184; Le calcul de la longitude des planetes d'apres un texte anonyme du Vat. gr. 184; Sur l'identite de l'astronome Alim; Les tables astronomiques persanes A Constantinople dans la premiere moitie du XIV siecle; Tables islamiques A Byzance; Un traite astronomique chypriote du XIVe siecle; Calculs d'eclipses byzantins de la fin du XIVe siecle; Enseignement scientifique A Byzance; Addenda et correnda; Index.