Below is the finalised programme for 'Encyclopaedism before the Enlightenment' in June. Booking form and further details available at

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Encylopaedism before the Enlightenment
School of Classics, University of St Andrews
13-15 June 2007

Wednesday 13 June

Encyclopaedic beginnings/encyclopaedic ideals

2-2.45: Christopher Smith (St Andrews)—Varro and Republican antiquarianism

2.45-3.30: Myrto Hatzimichali (Cambridge)—The origins of encyclopaedism in the Alexandrian

3.30-4: TEA

4-4.45: Paul Magdalino (St Andrews)—Byzantine Encyclopaedism of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries

4.45-5.30: Mary Beagon (Manchester)—A Herculean Task: "molem illam Historiae Naturalis"

5.30-6.15: Hugh Kennedy (St Andrews)—Early-Islamic encyclopaedism (title tbc)

Thursday 14 June

Organising principles and technologies:

9-9.45: András Németh (Central European University, Budapest)—Procopius and Theophylactus in
the Encyclopaedic Collections of the 10th Century Constantinople

9.45-10.30: Neil Rhodes (St Andrews)—Revisiting the Renaissance Computer

10.30-11: COFFEE

Organising principles and technologies after Aristotle:

11-11.45: Katerina Oikonomopoulou (Oxford)—Peripatetic encyclopaedism and Plutarch’s
collections of Quaestiones

11.45-12.30: Daniel Andersson (Warburg Institute)—The Organization of Knowledge in the Early
Modern Encyclopaedia: The Case of Aristotle

12.30-1.30: LUNCH

Questioning encyclopaedism

1.30-2.15: Daniel Harris-McCoy (University of Pennsylvania)—Artemidorus’ Oneirocritica as
Fragmentary Encyclopaedia

2.15-3: William West (Northwestern University)—Irony and Early Modern Encyclopaedic Writing

3-3.30: TEA

Function and audience

3.30-4.15: Teresa Morgan (Oxford)— Encyclopaedias of virtue? Collections of moral exempla in

4.15-5: Claudia Strobel (Oxford)—The lexica of the second century AD: The mystery of function
and readership

5-5.45: Erika Gielen (Leuven)— Byzantine encyclopaedism of the 14th century: Joseph

Friday 15 June

Practical knowledge and encyclopaedic form

9-9.45: Marco Formisano (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)—Late ancient culture: towards an
encyclopaedia of practical knowledge

9.45-10.30: Harriet Zurndorfer (Leiden)— The Passion to Collect, Select, Protect, and Expurgate:
Two Thousand Years of the Chinese Encyclopaedia

10.30-11: COFFEE

11-11.45: Claire Preston (Cambridge)—Dugdale's history of drainage and the dregs of England

11.45-12.30: Rebecca Flemming (Cambridge)—Celsus (title tbc)

12.30-1.30: LUNCH

Reception of Pliny

1.30-2.15: Paul Dover (Kennesaw State University)—'Reading Pliny’s Ape’ (the Polyhistor of
Solinus) in the Renaissance'

2.15-3: Ernesto Paparazzo (Istituto di Struttura della Materia del CNR)—Augustine as a reader of
the Naturalis Historia

3-3.30: TEA

3.30-4.15: Aude Doody (University College, Dublin)—Diderot's Pliny and the Politics of

4.15-5: Concluding discussion