From Alexandria to Baghdād to Byzantium. The transmission of astrology

  title={From Alexandria to Baghdād to Byzantium. The transmission of astrology},
  author={David Edwin Pingree},
  journal={International Journal of the Classical Tradition},
  • D. Pingree
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • History
  • International Journal of the Classical Tradition
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