Archimedes in the Middle Ages. III. The Fate of the Medieval by Marshall Clagett

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V. has litteras reddidit, ad me vehendum det, quod ascribam inter cetera dignitatis vestre erga me immortalia beneficia. Promisit etiam et ( delete) mihi Ser. ) Dom. v. Romam rediiset, se misurum ad me Archimedem grecum et latinum. v. ” (Note: the corrections noted in parentheses are corrections in tran­ scription pointed out by G. Mercati, Per la cronologia della vita e degli scritti di Niccold Perotti arcivescovo di Siponto [Rome, 1925], pp. ) From this letter it appears that when Perotti visited Rome in 1451 the Pope not only promised to give him an earlier inept Latin translation of the Arrian text which the Pope had commissioned him to translate anew but also Greek and Latin versions of Archimedes.

V. has litteras reddidit, ad me vehendum det, quod ascribam inter cetera dignitatis vestre erga me immortalia beneficia. Promisit etiam et ( delete) mihi Ser. ) Dom. v. Romam rediiset, se misurum ad me Archimedem grecum et latinum. v. ” (Note: the corrections noted in parentheses are corrections in tran­ scription pointed out by G. Mercati, Per la cronologia della vita e degli scritti di Niccold Perotti arcivescovo di Siponto [Rome, 1925], pp. ) From this letter it appears that when Perotti visited Rome in 1451 the Pope not only promised to give him an earlier inept Latin translation of the Arrian text which the Pope had commissioned him to translate anew but also Greek and Latin versions of Archimedes.

Dc avTm opilpvTL, at) O, 20vX: assimilatur linea AG ipsi orizonti V, 186r, 1; Ed, 145: ac linea ipsi libre (librae) assimillatur (assimilatur) The key word is “assimilatur” apparently drawn by Moerbeke from eotxe in MS B. Faced by the puzzling phrase of MS A, Jacobus seems to have succumbed to Moerbeke’s translation based on MS B, for it seems hardly likely that he could have dredged up “assimillatur” from MS A’s €17Ka. Hence this appears to be a very strong case supporting Jacobus’ use of Moerbeke’s translation.

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