The Role of Illustrated Aratea Manuscripts in the Transmission of Astronomical Knowledge in the Middle Ages

The Role of Illustrated Aratea Manuscripts in the Transmission of Astronomical Knowledge in the Middle Ages

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This body of Latin manuscripts, correctly called Aratea, had not been studied in its entirety, nor was there a catalog or listing of pertinent information. Were Aratea manuscripts produced, collected and read for their poetic content, mythological content, astronomical content, or for their classical or historical connections? Or perhaps it was the pictorial cycle of classical gods, semi-gods, and celebrated semi-nude heroes of antiquity that should be credited for keeping Aratea manuscripts alive through the thousand years of the medieval period?heavens. The formation of the constellations into distinctive and easily- remembered pictorial forms is itself a semiotic device to make otherwise indistinguishable stars more recognizable. Words and pictures are intimately and collaborativelyanbsp;...


Title:The Role of Illustrated Aratea Manuscripts in the Transmission of Astronomical Knowledge in the Middle Ages
Author: Marion Dolan
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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