The Leiden Aratea: Ancient Constellations in a Medieval Manuscript


This is a guide to an astronomical treatise of the ninth century, Aratea, given away by the University of Leiden and exhibited in the Museum. The book describes the manuscript, its place within Carolingian miniatures, and the importance of Phainomena de Aratus as text. The following chapters analyze the ancient conceptions of the universe, the zodiacal signs, and the Planetary miniature. All miniatures of the manuscript are illustrated.


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