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Arabus et Latinus

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Work B.16

Liber de nativitatibus hominum

Text ‘(Munich, BSB, Clm 25009) De nativitatibus hominum. Inferiora corporis reguntur a superioribus ut patet per astrologos et sapientes… Incipit liber Ptholomei peritissimi astrologi de nativitatibus hominum. De ariete. Natus sub Ariete a medio Martii ad medium Aprilis erit magne industrie, nec dives nec multum pauper erit — fideliter vivent tam viro quam muliere.’

Content A text describing the native (male and female in distinct chapters) of the twelve signs of the zodiac.

Origin Unknown, but this text probably derives from Arabic sources (like most texts of this genre) and is possibly related to the Kitāb Mawālid al-rijāl ʿalā raʾy Harmis wa-Baṭlamiyūs and Kitāb Mawālid al-nisāʾ ʿalā raʾy Harmis wa-Baṭlamiyūs (see F. Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums, VII: Astrologie-Meteorologie und Verwandtes bis ca. 430 H, Leiden, 1979, 46 nos. 5-6). The text is attributed to Ptolemy in Munich, BSB, Clm 25009 and is anonymous in the other MSS.

Bibl. ---

Ed. D. Bini, P. Di Pietro Lombardi, L. Ventura, Liber physiognomiae. Lat. 697 = α.W.8.20 della Biblioteca Estense Universitaria di Modena, Modena, 2000, 42-52 (edition, Italian translation and facsimile of Modena, BEU, 697).


Florence, BML, Ashburnham 1448, s. XV, f. 190v-193r

London, BL, Additional 10775, s. XVI, f. 291r-297v

London, WI, 2, s. XV, f. 1r-6v

Modena, BEU, lat. 697, s. XV, f. 3r-8v

Munich, BSB, Clm 25009, s. XV-XVI, f. 12r-19rImages

Nürnberg, GNM, 42296 , s. XV, f. 10va-13vb

Paris, BM, 3636, s. XV, pp. 61-67

Paris, BnF, lat. 7016A, s. XV, f. 92r-94v and 113r

Paris, BnF, lat. 7817, s. XV, f. 110v-118r

Vatican, BAV, Vat. lat. 11253, s. XV, f. 62r-73v

Venice, BNM, lat. VIII.21 (2685), s. XVI, f. 94ra-96vb