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Ptolemaeus

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Work C.2.26

Porphyry (?)
Introductio in Claudii Ptolemaei opus de effectibus astrorum

Text

‘(ed. Basel 1559) Porphyrii philosophi Introductio in Claudii Ptolemaei opus de effectibus astrorum. Praefatio. Quia doctrinam de temperatura coelestium corporum et effectuum genera per illam doctrinam observata — Venus et Mercurius 14, 7 ante et totidem post. Finis.’

Origin

Εἰσαγωγὴ εἰς τὴν Ἀποτελεσματικὴν τοῦ Πτολεμαίου (‘Introduction to Ptolemy’s Apotelesmata’) attributed to Porphyry (late third century A.D.). The translation is anonymous and was published, together with the Greek text in two columns, in 1559.

Bibl.

On the Greek text, see F. Cumont, ‘Antiochos d’Athènes et Porphyre’, Annuaire de l’Institut de Philologie et d’Histoire Orientale 2 (1934), 135-156; W. Gundel, H. G. Gundel, Astrologumena. Die astrologische Literatur in der Antike und ihre Geschichte, Wiesbaden, 1966, 213-215; D. Pingree, The Yavanajātaka of Sphujidhvaja, Cambridge (Mass.)-London, 1978, II, 438.

Ed.

The Greek text has received a critical edition by E. Boer and S. Weinstock in Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum Graecorum, eds F. Cumont, F. Boll, et al., 20 vols, Bruxelles, 1898-1953, V.4 (1940), 187-228, and has been translated into English by J. Holden, Porphyry the Philosopher: Introduction to Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos and Serapio of Alexandria: Astrological Definitions, Tempe (Ar), 2009.

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