A conversation with Linda Safran on the hitherto-unexplored world of Byzantine diagrams. We talk about maps, sundials, and more abstract representations of the world and even God.
Linda Safran is an Associate Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, which is part of the University of Toronto. Click here to visit her university webpage.
The conversation is based on Linda’s papers in a volume she co-edited, The Diagram as Paradigm: Cross-Cultural Approaches (Dumbarton Oaks, 2022), as well as “A Prolegomenon to Byzantine Diagrams,” in the edited volume The Visualization of Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Brepols 2020). Also check out Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages: Exploring a Connected World, her dynamic website on medieval art and architecture.
Byzantium & Friends is hosted by Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on his personal website.
Top Image: A 16th-century copy of a Byzantine wind diagram from Royal MS 16 C XII, fol. 49r