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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Work C.3.14

Laurentius Bonincontrius
Commentum super Centiloquio Ptholomei

Text

‘(Vatican, BAV, Vat. lat. 3379) Laurentii Bonincontri Miniatensis super Centiloquio Ptholomei. [preface] Astrologiam esse omnium liberalium artium, p<ueri> ornatissimi, excellentissimam nemo est qui ignoret, tum propter ipsius scientie nobilitatem — (62v) hec sint intimanda personis ex Ptholomei verbis diiudicare poteritis. [text] Scientia stellarum ex te et illis est, hoc est ut sis homo huic vite in quem benignitas salvatoris — quoniam in anima rationali non possunt quicquid operari, unde ergo dicitur et scriptum est. A signis celi nolite metuere. Deo igitur laus, honor et gloria per infinita saecula saeculorum. Amen. Laurentii Bonincontri Miniatensis commentum super Centiloquio Ptholomei.’

Content

A Commentary on the Centiloquium, without the original text.

Origin

Composed by Laurentius Bonincontrius in or before 1477 (date of copy of MS Florence, BML, Plut. 29.3), perhaps when he was lecturing on Manilius in Florence (1475-1478).

Bibl.

B. Soldati, La poesia astrologica nel Quattrocento, Firenze, 1906, 135-144; L. Thorndike, A History of Magic and Experimental Science, IV, New York, 1934, 408-409; R. Lemay, Le Kitāb at-Tamara (Liber fructus, Centiloquium) d’Abū Ja’far Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf [Ps.-Ptolémée], New York, 1999, I, 424; M. Rinaldi, ‘Pontano, Trapezunzio ed il Graecus Interpres del Centiloquio pseudo-tolemaico’, Atti della Accademia Pontaniana, Nuova Serie 48 (1999), 125-171: 141-143 n. 49-52; L. Giorgetti, ‘Da Giorgio Trapezunzio a Luca Gaurico intorno a Tolomeo’, Roma nel Rinascimento (2002), 201-212: 203-206; N. Weill-Parot, Les «images astrologiques» au Moyen Age et à la Renaissance. Spéculations intellectuelles et pratiques magiques (XIIe-XVe siècles), Paris, 2002, 743-747; M. Rinaldi, ‘Un sodalizio poetico-astrologico nella Napoli del Quatroccento: Lorenzo Bonincontri e Giovanni Pontano’, MHNH 4 (2004), 221-243; M. Rinaldi, ‘L’inedita Expositio super Centiloquio Ptholomei in Lorenzo Bonincontri’, MHNH 15 (2015), 271-280.

Ed.

None, except for the preface, edited by Rinaldi, ‘L’inedita Expositio…’, 276-278, with an Italian translation, 278-280.

MSS