Dr. Nicola Polloni Speaks on "Translation and Appropriation: Necromancy, Astrology, Alchemy" at the Medieval Institute's Brown-Bag Seminar Series

Author: Brandon Cook

Nicola Polloni

The Medieval Institute gladly welcomed invited speaker Nicola Polloni, M.A., Ph.D, a Junior Research Fellow (COFUND) in the Department of History, Institute of Advanced Studies, at Durham University. On Monday, October 31st, Dr. Polloni gave a lunchtime lecture entitled, "Translation and Appropriation: Necromancy, Astrology, Alchemy." Polloni's talk addressed medieval issues of epistemology, the changing status of astrology in Latin thought from the Early to High Middle Ages, and the work of the twelfth-century philosopher and Arabic-Latin translator from Toledo, Dominicus Gundissalinus, as related to these topics. The stimulating seminar provoked much discussion on the history and reception of astronomy and astrology in the Latin West.