Pietro d’abano, translator of abraham ibn ezra’s astrological writings

Translated title of the contribution: Pietro d’abano, translator of abraham ibn ezra’s astrological writings

Shlomo Sela

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Abstract

From the Middle Ages until the present, the development of astrology among the Jews has been associated with the name of Abraham Ibn Ezra (ca. 1089-ca. 1161). He created the first comprehensive set of Hebrew astrological textbooks that addressed the main systems of Arabic astrology and provided Hebrew readers with access to the subject. Some of his works became known to Christian scholars during his years in the Latin West and shortly after his death. However, Ibn Ezra’s astrological writings remained outside the mainstream of Latin astrological literature until the last decades of the thirteenth century. Then an Ibn Ezra renaissance took place in the Latin West, thanks to a number of almost simultaneous translation projects. The most extensive and ambitious of all the translation projects was carried out by Pietro d’Abano (ca. 1250-1316), the Italian philosopher, astrologer, and professor of medicine, during his years in Paris (1293-1307). The main purpose of this paper is to study the contents, structure, and source texts of Pietro d’Abano’s Latin translation, their correspondence to Ibn Ezra’s Hebrew originals, Pietro’s references to his other translations, and his methods of translation.

Translated title of the contributionPietro d’abano, translator of abraham ibn ezra’s astrological writings
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-87
Number of pages81
JournalSefarad
Volume79
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • Arnoul de Quincampoix
  • Hagin le Juif
  • Hebrew astrology
  • Hebrew to French translations
  • Hebrew to Latin translations
  • Pierre de Limoges

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