Arabic into Latin in the Middle Ages by Charles Burnett

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In se calorem naturalem non habent. Ego cum Alfano et cum Mano sentlo. Note that Alfano, archbishop of Salerno, and Marius of Salerno, my teacher, think along opposite lines [to the view expressed in the previous paragraph, that the heavens are made of the four elements]. un, the. Moon an~ all the starsdo not consist of the elements. CompOSite bodies are subject to corruption and dissolution; the elements themselves also change and are corrupted. Therefore, they (the higher bodies) do not consist of the elements.

An alternative title for the De spermate - (Microtegni' -,occurs in both Pet~r,t~e Deacon and the Chronicle of Monte Cassino (see followmg note); ~he ,posslblli~ that this may refer to the De spermate rather than Galen's Ar:s Parva,ls dl,scussed m Burnett, The Chapter on the Spirits in the Pantegni of Constantine the African, m Burnett and Jacquart, Constantine the African, pp. 99-120 (109). , 59. The lists are conveniently edited in parallel columns m H. Blo~h, ~onte Cassino in the Middle Ages, 3 vols, Cambridge (Ma)-Rome, Harvard Uruverslty PressEdizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1986, I pp.

Thorndik~-P. Kibre, A Catalogue oflndpits oJMediaeval Soentific Writings In Latin, London, Mediaeval Academy of America, 1963, p. 1058, where the earliest manuscript mentioned is Vendome 174 (s. XII). ~d Latin medical works; the De metallis may have an Arablc ongtn, and the De dbis includes Arabic names of plants. In MS G, the Additional De elementis precedes a version of Hippocrates, On Airs, Waters, and places. 47 The Arabic versions and the Latin· translation differ from the Greek text in that 46.

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