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Work C.1.14

Johannes Andree Schindel
Lectures on the Almagest

Text ‘(Prague, APH, O. I) 1413 5o kal. Februarii (upper margin, hand of the scribe). Et postquam premisimus hoc capitulum etc. In hoc capitulo vult Ptolomeus docere… (141r) Incipit secundi libri Almagesti Ptolomei — Ex eo autem ibi est 15a demonstracio et est quasi conversa precedentis.’

Content Excerpts dealing with a selection of chapters from Books I and II are extant in the only known MS.

Origin Lectures given by Johannes Andree Schindel at the university of Prague from 1412 onwards (see Prague, APH, O. I, f. 129r: ‘Eodem die [20 november 1412] Magister Ioannes Andree <Schindel>, doctor medicine, incepit legere librum magnum Ptolomei Almagesti in Praga…’). These lectures are extant in the personal handbook of Johannes Borotin, who was student, then professor at the University of Prague (where he lectured on Ptolemy’s Quadripartitum in 1444, see MS Cracow, BJ, 593). The manuscript of the Almagest used by Johannes Andree Schindel is also extant (Cracow, BJ, 619). The same Johannes Andree Schindel also lectured on Thebit Bencora’s De hiis que indigent expositione antequam legatur Almagesti (C.1.13). Johannes Andree Schindel became bachelor of arts in 1395, magister in 1399, doctor of medicine in 1410, physician to Wenceslas IV of Bohemia and deacon of Wyszehrad. He died between 1449 and 1456.

Bibl. P. Spunar, Repertorium auctorum Bohemorum provectum idearum post Universitatem Pragensem conditam illustrans, 2 vols, Bratislava-Warsaw, 1985-1995 [Studia Copernicana, XXV and XXXV], I, 134-135 (no. 363); C. Burnett, ‘Teaching the Science of the Stars in Prague University in the Early Fifteenth Century: Master Johannes Borotin’, Aither. Journal for the Study of Greek and Latin Philosophical Traditions 2 (2014), 9-50: 14; H. Zepeda, The First Latin Treatise on Ptolemy’s Astronomy: The Almagesti minor (c. 1200), Turnhout, 2018, 103-107.

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