From Alexandria to Baghdād to Byzantium. The transmission of astrology

  title={From Alexandria to Baghdād to Byzantium. The transmission of astrology},
  author={D. Pingree},
  journal={International Journal of the Classical Tradition},
  • D. Pingree
  • Published 2001
  • Philosophy
  • International Journal of the Classical Tradition
It is argued in this article that a series of texts preserved in various Greek manuscripts are epitomes of an astrological compendium assembled by Rhetorius at Alexandria in about 620 AD. It is also demonstrated that this compendium was utilized and frequently refashioned by Theophilus of Edessa between 765 and 775 and was made available by Theophilus to his colleague at thecAbbāsid court at Baghdād, Māshā' allāh. Māshā' allāh's works in turn strongly influenced the early development of Arabic… Expand
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