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The Book Of Animals By Aristotle

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Within Greek literature a long-standing controversy about the Book of Animals exists concerning whether all ten books are written by Aristotle or not. The order of books in the Arabic manuscripts, however, corresponds to the order of Ptolemaeus' list. Moreover, in the Arabic world, two other books formed part of the Book of Animals: The Generation of Animals and De partibus animalium in addition to the Historia animalium. A new edition of the Arabic translation of the Book of Animals is currently being prepared at the University of Leiden, based not only on the Tehran manuscript used by A. Badawi, but also on a London manuscript, which was clearly the Vorlage of the Tehran manuscript. It is concluded that the translation was done directly from the Greek text into Arabic without a Syriac intermediary.

Keywords: Arabic translation; Aristotle; Book of Animals; Historia animalium; Syriac translation; Tehran manuscript

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