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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Work C.1.32

Francesco Maurolico
Breviarium sive epitome brevissima in Almagestum Ptolemaei

A summary of the 13 books of the Almagest written by Francesco Maurolico in 1567 (with additions dated 1569) as part of his teaching of astronomy at the Jesuit College of Messina. The only known manuscript is Maurolico’s autograph copy. Maurolico in fact produced two summaries of the text, the In Magnae Ptolemaicae constructionis libros argumenta (2v-6v) and the Breviarium sive epitome brevissima in Almagestum Ptolemaei (25v-44v). Since the latter appears to be an extented version of the former, both texts are treated in a single entry here.

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 brevissima in Almagestum Ptolemaei, sive idea Ptolemaica per Maurolycum diligentissime ordinata. (26r) Ptolemaicae traditiones ex singulis Magnae constructionis libris a<rgumenta>. 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 Lunae 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.’

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.B: Astronomica’, online introduction by G. Truffa at http://maurolico.elabor.biz/Maurolico/sezione.html?path=11.B.

Ed.

R. Moscheo, I Gesuiti e le matematiche nel secolo XVI. Maurolico, Clavio e l’esperienza siciliana, Messina, 1998, 357-362 (In Magnae Ptolemaicae constructionis libros argumenta) and 368-394 (Breviarium sive epitome brevissima in Almagestum Ptolemaei).

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