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By Marion Dolan

This conscientiously researched monograph is a ancient 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 as a result 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, historical past of fable, heritage of technological know-how, and heritage of art. Aratea manuscripts by means of their nature are a gathering position of those designated branches, and the culling of knowledge from ancient literature and from the manuscripts themselves makes a speciality of a much broader, holistic view; a slim method couldn't offer 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 in the course of the centuries, which speaks to its value in all of those disciplines. 

This ebook brings a greater realizing of the background, adjustments and transmission of the unique astronomical Phaenomena poem. Historians, paintings historians, astronomy fanatics, and historians of astronomy will study extra really expert information about 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 research have been produced less than the rule of Christianity.

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