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
brilliant and wonderful.And the Tail of the
which is called Alifcar and also
And the beginning of
And the head of Althemor which is
And the imageof his head is a
, and he keeps in his left hand a clay candelabrum and a keyin the other hand.
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.
From the corresponding Teucer’ text. John calls her
,thinking of Athena’s most common attribute, in fact she was known as the goddess with gleaming eyes.
in the text
was one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy.
Ailorous the Cat is Aries dodekaoros, from Teucer text.Dodekaoros are the Egyptian constellations associated with zodiacal signs: Franz Boll in
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 .
was indicated as a
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
” of the first facie of Aries was the starting point of art historian Aby Warburg’sinterpretation of Schifanoia frescoes in Ferrara.After reading
, 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,
, more a projection of Warburg himself, a personal talisman, than the real constellation,
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