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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Work C.1.29.5

Theon of Alexandria
Commentary on the Almagest (tr. and comm. Jerόnimo Muñoz)


‘(Naples, BN, VIII C 33) Theonis Alexandrini commentaria in primum lib<rum> Mathematicae constructionis Ptolemei. Prooemium. Assiduo rogatus ab auditoribus, fili Epiphanie, dictarem aliqua in ea que, inquam (?), videntur ex Mathematica Ptolemaei constructione difficilia — descriptionum tabularum proportionalis supputando. Die 17 veteri calculo, 27 die vero novo Octobris mensis, anni 1582, decima hora antemeridiana, absolvebat Salmanticae Hieronymus Munos, cathedraticus astrologie gymnasii Salmanticen<sis>, translationem commentariorum Theonis Alexandrini in Magnam constructionem Cl<audii> Ptolemaei. Finis commentariorum Theonis Alexandri quae quidem (?) extant in Latinam linguam translatorum.’


A translation of the complete work (with Book III in Nicolaus Cabasila’s version, Book V in Pappus’s version and the usual lacuna of Book XI) by Jerόnimo Muñoz in 1582, when he was professor of astronomy (‘cathedraticus astrologie’ or ‘professor astrologie’, as he calls himself in the colophon and in several places in the text) at the University of Salamanca. The only known manuscript is Muñoz’s autograph copy, which includes his corrections, notes, additions and sometimes extensive commentary. These are variously referred to by the words ‘Interpres’ or ‘Munos’ written in the margin, or as ‘Propositio addita ab interprete’ (55v), ‘Interpretis addito’ (71v), ‘Finis commetariorum Theonis et additionum Hieronymi Munos interpretis’ (74v), ‘Commentaria Hieronymi Munos in 6 caput libri 4…’ (190r), etc. See also the description of the manuscript. Muños annotated the manuscript beyond 1582, as shown by his observations dated, e.g., 1583 (271r), 1584 (155r), 1585 (171v) and 1589 (172v).


P. O. Kristeller, Iter Italicum, I, London-Leiden, 1977, 424; P. L. Rose, ‘Plusieurs manuscrits autographes de Federico Commandino à la Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris’, Revue d’Histoire des Sciences 24 (1971), 299-307, 301 n. 5; V. Navarro Brotόns, Jerónimo Muñoz: Matemáticas, cosmología y humanismo en la época del Renacimiento, València, 2019, 115-128.