Seminar of History of sciences of antiquity

lfial2552  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar of History of sciences of antiquity
5.00 credits
22.5 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2021-2022 !

Main themes
Study of the development of some specific sciences (Arithmetic, Geometry, Geography, Astronomy, Medicine, etc.) in Ancient Egypt, Babylonian and Greco-Roman civilisations.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course of lectures, the student must understand how the modern concept of science was made up from the Egyptian, Babylonian and Ancient Greek civilisations.
In a diachronic way (from the Early Antiquity to the 4th century AD), we will examine the developments of the exact (Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy) and natural (Medicine included) sciences in the Egyptian, Babylonian and Greek-Roman cultures, more particularly trough the study of technical topics and cases (the Euclidean geometry, the "Antikythera mechanism", the astronomical system of Ptolemy, calendars, the theory of humors in Hippocrates and Galen, etc.).
A work (about 5-8 pages) is required from students on a topic of personal interest in the history of ancient sciences (in Egyptian, Babylonian or Greek-Roman cultures).
Teaching methods
Lectures (face-to-face) with demonstrations of the more technical topics.
Interaction between students about the topic of their own work.
Depending on the evolution of the health situation, these modalities could be transposed into hybrid mode (co-modality: face-to-face for one group of students, distance learning for the other, according to a principle of alternation), or even distance learning only.
Evaluation methods
The final mark includes :
  • the results of the personal work of the student (25%);
  • the results of the written exam (75%).
Written exam in June and/or September.
Online resources
Documentation (complementary to student notes) - including the course powerpoint - on the Moodle server.
Références données au fil du cours.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Certificat universitaire en langue, littérature et civilisation latines

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

Master [120] in History

Master [60] in History

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures