- The Babylonian Extispicy Rituals and their Scholarly Background
This dissertation project is a study of the Babylonian extispicy ritual descriptions and their role in the local scribal culture.
- The Babylonian heritage in early islamic cosmology
Das Dissertationsprojekt versucht verschiedene Linien der Weitergabe des Wissens von der babylonischen Himmelskunde bis zu den vermeintlichen Anfängen der islamischen Astronomie-Astrologie nachzuzeichnen.
- The Social-Cultural Practice of Medicine in II-I Millennium Mesopotamia.
The goal of Maddalena Rumor’s doctoral research is to prove the hypothesis that some elements of Assyro-Babylonian medicine and pharmacology may be present in the medical/pharmacological literature of the Early Roman Empire (1st-2nd centuries CE).
- Balances, Steelyards and the Foundation of Mechanics (The Force of the Lever)
The investigations to be accomplished within the frame defined by the subject “Balances, Steelyards and the Foundation of Mechanics” aims to achieve a map of the circulation of early mechanical devices from the perspective of technological innovation and an analysis of the first meta reflections on these innovations.
- Pneumatic Machines and the Constitution of Matter (The Force of Void)
Building on the results of previous scholarly investigations, the way in which such technology circulated during antiquity will be investigated in order to map the technological innovations and contextual conditions that led to the significant outcomes following the emergence of new scientific knowledge. The analysis of archeological findings and of primary sources related to pneumatics – the fundamental sources – will be utilized to develop this investigation.