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Ptolemaeus

Arabus et Latinus

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Work B.7

Pseudo-Ptolemy
De motibus et iudiciis planetarum

Text

‘(ed. Draelants/Frunzeanu) In libro de iudiciis planetarum Ptolomeus. Saturnus. Sub Saturno sunt hec signa Capricornus et Aquarius et sunt eius domus. Regnat in Libra et in Ariete — (Luna) complet cursum suum in viginto octo diebus.’

Content

An elementary astronomical and astrological text on the seven planets.

Origin

Unknown. The text first occurs, with attribution to Ptolemy, in two contemporary thirteenth-century encyclopedias, namely Bartholomew the Englishman, De proprietatibus rerum, VIII (where it is disseminated in various places) and Arnold of Saxony, De floribus rerum naturalium, I.2. In some fifteenth-century manuscripts, the text is inserted into Michael Scot’s, De noticia ordinum stellarum fixarum celi seu ymaginum 48 (Florence, BNC, Magliabech. XXII.22, f. 41va-41vb; London, BL, Addit. 41600, f. 59vb-60rb; London, WI, 509; Milan, BA, I. 90 sup., f. 245v-246r; Venice, BNM, lat. VIII.21 (2685), f. 27vb-28rb) or appears in two closely related collections of astronomical and astrological excerpts in the two manuscripts listed below.

Bibl.

I. Draelants, E. Frunzeanu, ‘Sur les traces du De motibus / iudiciis planetarum attribué à Ptolémée’, Early Science and Medicine 16 (2011), 571-599.

Ed.

 Draelants/Frunzeanu, 595-599.

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