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The Writing Of De Visione Stellarum: Author, Date, Titles, And Influence

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Of course the single most important argument in favor of Oresme’s authorship of the De visione stellarum is its direct attribution to him in the second “variant ending” of the Florence manuscript, B.N., Conventi Soppressi, J.X. 19. Björnbo’s and Thorndike’s oversight is understandable for two reasons. First, according to Björnbo’s description, there appear to be several leaves missing between the De vision and the alternate ending, and thus it might be assumed that Oresme’s “lost” manuscript had been excised. Second, the explicit of the two endings are not the same. McCluskey, in particular, has found rich correlations between the Meteora and the De vision. The De visione stellarum refers to a weak-eyed man called “Antiphon,” whom it says is described in Aristotle’s Meteorologia.

Keywords: Björnbo; De visione stellarum; McCluskey; Nicole Oresme; Thorndike

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