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William of Moerbeke

(d. 1286)

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arts of poetry

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Artes poeticae teach how to practise the art of writing. These manuals do not ask questions about the nature of literature. They describe and prescribe effective techniques. They do not ...

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Eutokios

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(Εὑτόκιος), commentator on mathematical works; born Ascalon ca.480.

A contemporary of Ammonios and Anthemios of Tralles, Eutokios was active in Alexandria and perhaps...

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geomancy

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

Divination from the configuration of a handful of earth or random dots.

The term is also used for the art of placing or arranging buildings or other sites auspiciously.

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Henry Bate

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(1246–1310) Born in Malines (Mechelen); died in Tongerloo. A philosopher, theologian, astronomer, astrologer, and musician, he was a pupil of Thomas Aquinas.

He was cantor and...

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Komnenos, Isaac

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Older brother of Alexios I; born ca.1050, died between 1102 and 1104 (D. Papachryssanthou, REB 21 [1963] 250–55).

About 1071 or 1072 Michael VII married him to Irene, cousin of ...

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Liber de Causis

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

A treatise, consisting largely of extracts from Proclus' ‘Elements of Theology’, put together in Arabic by an unknown Muslim philosopher c.850. Translated into Latin between 1167 and 1187,...

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mathematics

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Thanks to Boethius and Cassiodorus, arithmetic and geometry were part of the quadrivium together with astronomy and music. Bede developed a veritable science of computus, primarily to...

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meteorology

Overview page. Subjects: History — Meteorology and Climatology.

The study and science of all aspects of the atmosphere—weather and climate—aiming to understand the physical and chemical nature of the atmosphere, its dynamical behaviour, and its complex...

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Proclus

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(410/12–485) Neoplatonic philosopher; head of the Athenian Academy.

His works include summaries of Neoplatonic metaphysics and commentaries on Platonic dialogues. He was...

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Scientific Tradition

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

There are two separate scientific traditions in Byz., those of “high” and “low” science. The first is represented by the “Little Astronomy,” which was taught throughout the existence of the...

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