By Marion Dolan

This rigorously researched monograph is a old 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 in regards to 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: heritage of literature, background of fable, heritage of technology, and heritage of art. Aratea manuscripts via their nature are a gathering position of those distinctive branches, and the culling of data from ancient literature and from the manuscripts themselves makes a speciality of a much wider, holistic view; a slender method couldn't supply a proper potential. what's such a lot necessary to learn about this work is that due to its successive incarnations it has survived and been reinterpreted during the centuries, which speaks to its value in all of those disciplines. 

This ebook brings a greater figuring out of the heritage, adjustments and transmission of the unique astronomical Phaenomena poem. Historians, paintings historians, astronomy enthusiasts, and historians of astronomy will research extra really good information 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 points weren't edited nor got rid of, yet revered and maintained within the very same shape even though all sixty Aratea manuscripts pointed out during this learn have been produced lower than the rule of Christianity.

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