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Transliteration versus Translation of Greek Plant Names in the Syriac Medical Writings of Sergius of Reš ʿAynā: On the Tables of Contents in BL Add. 14,661

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This article explores some of the translational choices made by Sergius of Reš ʿAynā in translating the Greek plant names found in Books VIVIII of Galen’s treatise On simple drugs into Syriac, and especially as found in the “tables of contents”—or pínakes—which preface these books. These latter took the form of alphabetically ordered lists of Greek phytonyms transliterated into Syriac characters, occasionally followed by a translational gloss in Syriac. After a brief introduction, we discuss the form, function and content of these pínakes, outline a typology, and suggest explanations for selected problematic features.

Affiliations: 1: CNRS, UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerranée, ERC Floriental, Paris, France ; 2: CNRS, UMR 8167 Orient & Méditerranée, ERC Floriental, Paris, France


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