Seminar of History of sciences of antiquity

lfial2552  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar of History of sciences of antiquity
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
22.5 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2019-2020 !

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

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.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
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) sciences, more particularly trough the study of technical topics and cases (Euclidean geometry, Antikythera mechanism,  astronomical system of Ptolemy, calendars, etc.).
Teaching methods
Lectures with demonstrations of the more technical topics.
Evaluation methods
Written examination.
Other information
Materials : students handwritten notes and documents available on Moodle UCLouvain.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

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

Master [120] in History

Certificat universitaire en langue, littérature et civilisation latines

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics

Master [60] in History

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

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