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Hyginus’s “De Astronomia” and Other Astronomical and Computational Manuscripts
Although this manuscript dating from the early 12th century is incomplete, its overall structure can be deduced from the remaining parts. At one time it contained the De Astronomia of Hyginus, a calendar, and several texts on chronometry. An astronomical textbook under the name of Hyginus was widely disseminated throughout the Middle Ages. The topics of the work concern central conceptions relating to stars and celestial myths. In its present form, the manuscript contains the second book of Hyginus’s De Astronomia, together with pen drawings, including of the constellations ...
Contributed by Bavarian State Library
Great Cameo of France
The Grand Camée de France (Great cameo of France), the largest cameo sculpture to survive from the ancient world, contains 24 engraved figures arrayed in three registers. The general meaning and the political goals of this commissioned work are clear: its aim is to assert the dynastic continuity and legitimacy of the Julio-Claudian emperors of the Roman Empire (the first five emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero). The dead are placed in the upper part, while the middle register represents the world of the living. In the lowest register ...
Life of Mary
This 16th-century manuscript contains a relatively well preserved copy of Ktāba d-taš’itāh d-qaddištā yāldat alāhā Maryam (Life of Mary) in Syriac, an eastern dialect of Aramaic. The work (in six volumes) was written by Theophilos, the Greek patriarch of Alexandria in 385–412, and copied in 1567–68 by a scribe named Slibona. At the end of this work comes a metrical homily by Jacob of Serugh (died 521) on the death of Mary, the last half of which is missing in this copy. Some corrections and vowel signs ...