Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Work C.1.7

〈Commentum in Almagesti minorem〉

An anonymous commentary on the Almagesti minor (C.1.4) with reworked proofs. The only known manuscript was copied around 1300, probably in Paris. As it stands in this copy, the work is incomplete, ending abruptly in II.35 due to missing folia.

Text ‘(Florence, BR, 885) Almagesti [title in upper margin]. Omnium recte phantium (!) verisimilibus coniecturis etc. [followed by about 15 lines left blank]. Data circuli diametro latera decagoni, pentagoni, exagoni… Sit circulus ABG cuius diametri ADG centri D — sit medians celum notum et T oriens quod erit notum per 18am huius secundi. A sit…’

Bibl. R. Lorch, ‘Some Remarks on the Almagestum parvum’, in Amphora. Festschrift für Hans Wussing zu seinem 65. Geburtstag, eds S. S. Demidov, M. Folkerts et al., Basel-Boston-Berlin, 1992, 407-438: 419 (reprinted in R. Lorch, Arabic Mathematical Sciences. Instruments, Texts, Transmission, Farnham-Burlington, 1995, V); H. Zepeda, The First Latin Treatise on Ptolemy’s Astronomy: The Almagesti minor (c. 1200), Turnhout, 2018, 88-89.

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