Astronomical Knowledge Transmission Through Illustrated by Marion Dolan

By Marion Dolan

This conscientiously researched monograph is a historic research of the illustrated Aratea astronomical manuscript and its many interpretations over the centuries. Aratus' 270 B.C.E. Greek poem describing the constellations and astrological phenomena was translated and copied over 800 years into illuminated manuscripts that preserved and illustrated those old tales concerning the constellations. The Aratea survives in its entirety because of a number of translations from Greek to Latin or even to Arabic, with many illuminated types being commissioned over the ages. The survey encompasses 4 interrelated disciplines: historical past of literature, historical past of delusion, heritage of technological know-how, and heritage of art. Aratea manuscripts via their nature are a gathering position of those specific branches, and the culling of knowledge from old literature and from the manuscripts themselves specializes in a much wider, holistic view; a slim technique couldn't offer a proper potential. what's so much necessary to find out about this work is that as a result of its successive incarnations it has survived and been reinterpreted during the centuries, which speaks to its value in all of those disciplines. 

This publication brings a greater realizing of the historical past, alterations and transmission of the unique astronomical Phaenomena poem. Historians, paintings historians, astronomy fanatics, and historians of astronomy will research extra really good info in regards to the Aratea and the way the culture survived from the center a while. it's a credits to the poetry of Aratus and the later interpreters of the textual content that its pagan features weren't edited nor got rid of, yet revered and maintained within the very same shape although all sixty Aratea manuscripts pointed out during this learn have been produced less than the rule of Christianity.

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