The Construction of a Philosophical Textbook: Some Remarks on Nikephoros Blemmydes’ Epitome physica

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The Compendium on Physics (Epitome physica) by the Byzantine theologian and philosopher Nikephoros Blemmydes (13th cent.) was a very successful textbook on Natural Philosophy containing a summary of physics, meteorology and astronomy. This compendium was also conceived for being used as support for teaching. For his purposes, Blemmydes combined passages taken from different sources into a new text: Aristotle and his commentators as well as Cleomedes were his main sources. Since a manuscript with an earlier version of the text still survives, it is also possible to go deeper into the workshop of this Byzantine author and to investigate the use of the sources in both textual stages. This paper will therefore be devoted to analysing the inner structure of the Epitome physica and Blemmydes’ activity as an author.

The Construction of a Philosophical Textbook: Some Remarks on Nikephoros Blemmydes’ Epitome physica

in AION (filol.) Annali dell'Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"



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