April 25, 2022

Aglae Pizzone awarded Gerda Henkel Stiftung Grant

Gerda Henkel Stiftung has awarded 67.240 EUR to CML senior researcher/DIAS fellow Aglae Pizzone's project 'Necessity by design: the mathematics of rhetoric in Middle Byzantine culture'

Project description

The project explores the conceptual and visual links between mathematical/geometrical reasoning and rhetoric in the middle Byzantine period (843-1204). It looks at how graphic and discursive practices associated to mathematics and geometry contributed to reinforce the epistemic status of rhetoric among the elites of the empire. It contributes to pre-modern intellectual history and complements recent developments in ancient and early modern history of mathematics by providing access to new manuscript material (texts, diagrams, graphs) from a historical period and a geographical area usually disregarded in these fields of enquiry.

The project includes a 2 year post doc for Chiara D'Agostini. 

Image: Laur. Plut. 60.15, f. 87r

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