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Abu Mashar Paranatellonta

Abu Mashar Paranatellonta

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Published by Margherita Fiorello
The stars of the Greek and Barbarian sphere rising with 36 decans.
English translation and notes from Abu Mashar Great Introduction

http://heavenastrolabe.net/bookshop/
The stars of the Greek and Barbarian sphere rising with 36 decans.
English translation and notes from Abu Mashar Great Introduction

http://heavenastrolabe.net/bookshop/

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Published by: Margherita Fiorello on Sep 14, 2010
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 5
I. ARIES
ries nature is fiery, choleric and its taste bitter, crooked, bicoloured andtwo faced, daylight hours are more than twelve and ascensions are lessthan thirty degrees .And there arises in its first facie a woman called
Athena
,
5
brilliant and wonderful.And the Tail of the
Sea Fish
which is called Alifcar and also
Cetus.
 
6
 
And the beginning of 
Triangle.
7
And the head of Althemor which is
Thorail
.
8
And the imageof his head is a
Dog-head
, and he keeps in his left hand a clay candelabrum and a keyin the other hand.
9
 Indians claim
 
that in this facie there arises a Black Man with red eyes and a big body,he is strong and noble, wearing a wide white woollen gown fasten at his belt with arope. He is furious, vigil, watches and observes.
10
 
5
From the corresponding Teucer’ text. John calls her 
 Azne
and Hermann
daughter of 
 
 splendour 
,thinking of Athena’s most common attribute, in fact she was known as the goddess with gleaming eyes.
6
 
Chaitoz
in the text
.
 
7
 
Triangulum
was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy.
8
Ailorous the Cat is Aries dodekaoros, from Teucer text.Dodekaoros are the Egyptian constellations associated with zodiacal signs: Franz Boll in
Sphaera
givesthe following list from Aries to Pisces: Cat, Dog, Snake, Beetle, Donkey, Billy-goat, Bull, Falcon,Baboon and Crocodile, following Teucer text.John calls it Althemor, Hermann Cervotauri. In fact Hermann starts from the point where he closed thelist of barbarian stars in Pisces paragraph .
9
Cassiopea
was indicated as a
key
 by Aratus (lines 188-197) “
 Eastward his hapless wife, Cassiepeia, gleaming when by night the moon is full, wheels with her scanty stars. For few and alternate starsadorn her, which expressly mark her form with lines of light. Like the key of a twofold door barred within, wherewith men striking shoot back the bolts, so singly set shine her stars
.”
10
The “v
ir niger 
” of the first facie of Aries was the starting point of art historian Aby Warburg’sinterpretation of Schifanoia frescoes in Ferrara.After reading
Sphaera
, the book of his close friend Franz Boll, Warburg recognised in theRenaissance frescoes the ancient images of Albumasar book, starting from the enigmatic black man,
Perseus
, more a projection of Warburg himself, a personal talisman, than the real constellation,
A
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