Session1514
TitleClimate Changes of Computistical Thought: The Irish Impact, c. 700-900
Date/TimeThursday 8 July 2021: 09.00-10.30
 
SponsorIrish Research Council Laureate Award Project 'The Irish Foundation of Carolingian Europe: The Case of Computus (Calendrical Science)', Trinity College Dublin
 
OrganiserChristian G. Schweizer, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
 
Moderator/ChairImmo Warntjes, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
 
Paper 1514-a Usque ad mediam noctem: An Eschatological Passage in the Computus Einsidlensis
(Language: English)
Tobit Loevenich, Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Index Terms: Mentalities; Science; Theology
Paper 1514-b Dicuil's Gifts for Louis the Pious: 'A Complete Failure'?
(Language: English)
Christian G. Schweizer, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Index Terms: Education; Language and Literature - Latin; Manuscripts and Palaeography; Science
Paper 1514-c Intellectual Climate(s) of computus in Carolingian Europe: A Comparative Case Study
(Language: English)
Judith ter Horst, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Index Terms: Computing in Medieval Studies; Education; Manuscripts and Palaeography; Science
 
AbstractComputus (calendrical science) was the principal natural science of the early Middle Ages. Irish scholars made important contributions to the progress of computistical thought, from producing the earliest textbooks such as the Computus Einsidlensis to the highly advanced ideas presented by Dicuil at the court of Louis the Pious. This development culminated in the explosion of computistical manuscripts in the 9th century. The session contextualises the formation of those computistical texts and analyses intellectual landscapes and the transmission of ideas in the Latin West as well as the role of computus as a discipline within the climate of Carolingian scholarship.