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Latin Medieval Translations of Aristotle’s Metaphysics

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This chapter mainly focuses on two of the meanings of "metaphysics" illustrates; the collection of books called Met. and different Latin translations of it. It starts with virtual visit to the consultation room of a research library where, through an analysis of the titles given to the reference texts of Aristotle's Latin Met., the author identifies the number and nature of the medieval translations of the Met., compares them to one another, and notes their structural differences. Each individual Latin translation is examined: first the Greek-Latin translations then the Arabic-Latin one. The chapter shows how, by means of critical editions, contemporary readers can get closer and closer to original texts and, as it were, picture the medieval translators at work. The Greek-Latin translations are analyzed by two, starting from the so-called Vetustissima and Vetus, then the so-called Media and Met. Novae Translationis.

Keywords: Media and Met. Novae Translationis; Latin translations; medieval translations; metaphysics; Vetustissima and Vetus



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