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New Hellenistic and Byzantine texts in translation

 
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Levente Laszlo



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Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:40 pm    Post subject: New Hellenistic and Byzantine texts in translation Reply with quote

If you like to study the source texts of Hellenistic and Byzantine astrology directly, this may interest you:
http://skyscript.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10953
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james_m



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Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul shared a link 11 days ago here.. thanks...

http://skyscript.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10941&sid=ba31b5f25bb1d6785d0b5815b674cff2
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Levente Laszlo



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Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

james_m wrote:
paul shared a link 11 days ago here.. thanks...

http://skyscript.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=10941&sid=ba31b5f25bb1d6785d0b5815b674cff2


If you please to follow my link, you'll see it's something different.
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Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks levente... you're right! cheers james
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Levente Laszlo



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Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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astrojin



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Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Levente,

Great work!

For the text on Abu Mashar and his student, how many releases will there be (just want to cordinate myself with your publications)?

Thanx!
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Levente Laszlo



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Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Astrojin,

Thank you! Discourses consist of 97 chapters in Greek, and there is an appendix of about 25 chapters, which is only partially extant in Greek but fully in Latin. These are of various lengths, so I can’t precisely predict in how many installments I can release the translation. The Latin edition is 36 pages long, and I’ve translated the equivalent of 7 pages, so let’s say I’m at about 20% of the entire text.

But you must also know that from now on, I’ll release the segments of Discourses only every second week since I have a new flagship translation featuring this week: the revision of Antiochus’s Introductory Matters attributed to Porphyry. This text has already been translated but mine is based on hitherto unnoticed recensions and manuscripts, so I hope that despite the fact that you (and many others) must be aware of its contents, you’ll still find it interesting.
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astrojin



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Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Levente,

Thank you for your prompt response!

I have always been interested in the didactic approach of the ancients; didactic by means of teacher to student interaction reported by the student (or even the teacher)... It provides the opportunities for us to study the mind of the teacher and his/her philosophical framework when working through the astrological algorithms.

Thanx again!
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Levente Laszlo



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Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Astrojin,

I'm really glad to hear this! Discourses are one of a kind, at least I don't know any other texts giving such intimate insight into an astrology master's relationship with his pupil. Interestingly enough, it doesn't always depict a flattering image of Abu Ma'shar, which was certainly not Shadhan's intention.

I believe you would also like the freshly unearthed Byzantine horoscopes, which are so far undiscovered examples of astrological practice. There are at least a dozen more that are queuing at my desk, but I believe I'll be able to translate them before the end of the year.

By the way, do you happen to have any texts on your wishlist?
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astrojin



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Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

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By the way, do you happen to have any texts on your wishlist?

At the moment, I don't know what I don't know yet enough to have a wish list! I guess I am more inclined towards the Hellenistic/Hermetic and Arabian approaches towards the philosophy of astrology and I am kind of hoping that you would be discovering them so that they could be on my wish list... hahaha

I guess I like the teacher-student interactive text like Abu Ma'shar and Shardan because it is like reading the Dialogues of Plato. Both "teacher" and "student" (or protagonists) actually discovering something rather than the teacher teaching what he knows...The teaching teaching what he knows is only "transfer of knowledge". The teacher having a didactic and dialectic discourse with his student does not only transfer knowledge but also transfer his skills while also gaining new knowledge...

This is also why I read the Book of Reasons by Ibnu Ezra closely because the book explicates the philosophy (well at least some of them) of the Book of Wisdom.

I guess these are the kind of texts that I am interested in...
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