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Work C.1.20

Francesco Maurolico
Breviarium sive epitome brevissimae in Almagestum Ptolemaei

Text ‘(Paris, BnF, lat. 7471) (2v-6v) In Magnae Ptolemaicae constructionis libros argumenta per Maurolycum. In primum. In prologo ait: Speculationem dividi in tria genera secundum Aristotelem, scilicet naturale, mathematicum ac theologicum — in oppositione superiores imitantur. Lector vale. 10 Maii 1567. (25v-44v) Sequitur breviarium sive epitome brevissimae in Almagestum Ptolemaei, sive idea Ptolemaica per Maurolycum diligentissime ordinata. (26r) Ptolemaicae traditiones ex singulis Magnae constructionis libris. Ex primo. Speculativa pars philosophiae cum in tria genera dividatur secundum Aritotelem, naturale scilicet, mathematicum ac theologicum — (43v) a Sole remotam videri posse negat. Fulsio prima… Fulsio postrema… [table, same as f. 13r above] Die June 16 Iunii dum Sol medium limen fenestrae occiduus percutit M.D.LX.VII. (44r) Differentias autem diversitatum in epicyclo propter inclinationem… In 4° ante observationem trium eclipsium. Si motus Lunae… (44v) In principio 12. Si planetis altioribus — postulat utrumque modum. 6 Iun<ii> 1569.’

Content Summary of the 13 books of the Almagest. Maurolico in fact produced two summaries of the text, one on f. 2v-6v and the other on f. 25v-44v. The title Breviarium sive epitome brevissimae in Almagestum Ptolemaei applies to the latter only, which appears to be an extented version of the former.

Origin Written by Francesco Maurolico in 1567, with additions dated 1569.

Bibl. M. Clagett, ‘The Works of Francesco Maurolico’, Physis 16 (1974), 149-198: 166 and 167. ‘Edizione Nazionale dell’Opera matematica di Francesco Maurolico. XI: Cosmographica et astronomica’, online introduction by G. Cioffarelli, G. Truffa at

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Paris, BnF, lat. 7471, s. XVI, f. 2v-6v and 25v-44vImages