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Weather Forecasting, Lunar Mansions And A Disputed Attribution: The Tractatus Pluviarum Et Aeris Mutationis And Epitome Totius Astrologiae Of ‘Iohannes Hispalensis’

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This chapter outlines several traditions identified in ancient Greek and Arabic works relevant to weather forecasting. It presents the evidence for the last of these texts; namely, the Tractatus pluviarum et aeris mutationis secundum magistrum Iohannem Yspalensem, i.e. 'the treatise on rains and the change of the atmosphere according to Master John of Seville'. Two elements concerning this text are highlighted: (1) the forms of the names of the lunar mansions, which are aberrant from those usually found in Latin texts since they are Latinised rather than given in transliteration; (2) the attribution to John of Seville, the prolific translator of works on the science of the stars from Arabic into Latin in the second quarter of the twelfth century. The Tractatus pluviarum is a portion of a larger work, the Epitome totius astrologie, similarly attributed to John of Seville.

Keywords: Epitome totius astrologiae; John of Seville; Latin texts; lunar mansions; Tractatus pluviarum et aeris mutationis; weather forecasting



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