This volume represents
the first attempt to examine occult sciences as a
distinct category of Byzantine intellectual culture. It
is concerned with both the reality and the image of the
occult sciences in Byzantium, and seeks, above all, to
represent them in their social and cultural context as a
The eleven essays
demonstrate that Byzantium was not marginal to the
scientific culture of the Middle Ages, and that the
occult sciences were not marginal to the learned culture
of the medieval Byzantine world.
Paul Magdalino, Maria Mavroudi:
Occult Sciences and Society in Byzantium: Considerations
for Future Research.
The Byzantine Concept of Sympatheia and its
Appropriation in Michael Psellos.
Occult Sciences and Imperial Power in Byzantine History
Stephanos of Alexandria: a Famous Byzantine Scolar,
Alchemist and Astrologer.
Graeco-Egyptian Alchemy in Byzantium.
The Byzantine Translations of Masha’alla’s Works in
Did the Biblical Patriarch Practice Astrology? Michael
Glykas and Manuel Komnenos I on Seth and Abraham.
Astrological Promenade in Byzantium in the Early
Hebrew Astrology in Byzantine Southern Italy.
Late Antique and Medieval Latin Translations of Greek
Texts on Astrology and Magic.
Revisiting the Astronomical Contacts between the World
of Islam and Renaissance Europe: the Byzantine
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