The Cairo Genizah. History and Contents

Online Lecture (via Zoom) by Gabriele Ferrario at the ‘Johns Hopkins Hillel – Baltimore’
November 22, 2020 @ 17:00-18:30 (CET)

Gabriele will introduce the students to the history of the discovery, the process of conservation and the contents of the manuscript collections retrieved from the Genizah of the Ben Ezra Synagogue of Old Cairo.

Mirabilia: teorie e pratiche nelle arti chimiche greco-egiziane e bizantine

An AlchemEast panel hosted by the conference ‘Il teatro della natura’ of the Italian Society for the History of Science (SISS):

Chairs: Marco Beretta and Matteo Martelli
Daniele Morrone, La mirabile fusione fredda del piombo da Pseudo-Aristotele a Plutarco
Marco Bellini, Pietrificazione: trasmutazione e meraviglie naturali nell’antichità classica e bizantina
Masayo Watanabe, Nature in the Jābirian Corpus
Giorgia Pausillo, Le illustrazioni nei manoscritti alchemici bizantini: problemi e nuove prospettive

Catania, 19-21 November 2020 (online via Teams)


Teams Link to the Virtual Room

Two papers on Byzantine and Arabic Alchemy at the International Digital Workshop “Alchemy in Byzantium” (Athens)

International Digital Workshop Alchemy in Byzantium: A Research Field on the Rise, organized by Gerasimos Merianos, National Hellenic Research Foundation

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 @ 5:00ー8:00 PM (GMT +2)
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2020 @ 5:00ー9:00 PM (GMT +2)

Zoom link to join the conference

Lucia Raggetti, Four shalt thou count! Ps-Democritus’ Book on Elements and First Principles
Bojidar Dimitrov, Matteo Martelli, Homer’s Alchemy between Byzantium and Baghdad

Conference programme

SCENT LAB. Plant-Based Perfumes in the Ancient Mediterranean

AlchemEast Workshop, 2-3 July 2020 (on-line via Microsoft Teams)
Organized in collaboration with Rachele Pierini (University of Bologna / Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard)


The workshop will explore the art of making perfumes in the ancient Mediterranean, with special attention to the Egyptian, Babylonian and Aegean worlds. The papers  will deal with ancient technologies and ingredients as well as with the science of modern perfumery. To join the two sessions, please follow the links below:

First Session: July 2 (Thursday), 3:00 – 5:00 PM (CET)
Join the first session via Microsoft Teams (use the web version).

Second Session: July 3 (Friday), 3:00 – 5:00 PM (CET)
Join the second session via Microsoft Teams (use the web version).