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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Work C.2.11

Greek Commentary on the Tetrabiblos


A commentary on the complete text of the Tetrabiblos.


Εἰς τὰ Πτολεμαίου ἀποτελέσματα (‘<Commentary> on Ptolemy’s Apotelesmata’, title given in the earliest MS, 11th c.), written by an anonymous scholar probably in late Antiquity or, possibly, in the Byzantine period. The text is extant in over 30 manuscripts.


C.-E. Ruelle, ‘Deux identifications. L’exégèse dite anonyme de la Tetrabible de Claude Ptolémée et le traité dit d’Hermès le Philosophe «De revolutionibus nativitatum» attribués à l’astrologue arabe Abou-Mashar. Découverte du texte grec du second traité’, Comptes Rendus des Séances de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres 54 (1910), 32-39: 32-34; W. Gundel, H. G. Gundel, Astrologumena. Die astrologische Literatur in der Antike und ihre Geschichte, Wiesbaden, 1966, 215; S. Heilen, ‘Ptolemy’s Doctrine of the Terms and Its Reception’, in Ptolemy in Perspective. Use and Criticism of His Work from Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century’, ed. A. Jones, Dordrecht-Heidelberg-London-New York, 2010, 45-93: 65-66; R. Caballero-Sánchez, ‘Historia del texto del Comentario Anόnimo al Tetrabiblos de Tolomeo’, MHNH 13 (2013), 77-198; R. Caballero-Sánchez, ‘En busca del autor perdido. Algunas reflexiones sobre el contexto histórico-filosófico del comentario anónimo al Tetrabiblos de Tolomeo’, in De ayer y hoy. Contribuciones multidisciplinares sobre pseudoepígrafos literarios y documentales, ed. M. Labiano, Madrid, 2019, 130-147; R. Caballero-Sánchez, ‘¿Por qué llama el comentarista anónino ó παλαιός a Tolomeo?’, in Plutarco, entre dioses y astros. Homenaje al profesor Aurelio Pérez Jiménez de sus discipulos, colegas y amigos, eds J. F. Martos Montiel, C. Marcías Villalobos, R. Caballero-Sánchez, Zaragoza, 2019, II, 981-993.


The Greek text was first published in Basel in 1559 (from MS Munich, BSB, Cod. Graec. 59, s. XVI, f. 210r-312v, see Caballero-Sánchez, ‘Historia del texto’, 86 and 173) by Hieronymus Wolf, together with his own Latin translation (C.2.11.3). A critical edition is in preparation by R. Caballero-Sánchez, see his ‘El Comentario anόnimo al Tetrabiblos de Tolomeo. Ediciόn crítica y traducciόn castellana de los escolios metodolόgicos del libro I (in Ptol. Tetrabiblos, 1.1.1-1.3.1)’, MHNH 13 (2013), 221-257.

Latin translations