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Lupitus of Barcelona: On the identity of a tenth century scientific translator (2020)


In one of his letters of the year 984, Gerbert of Aurillac, the later Pope Sylvester II, asks a certain Lupitus of Barcelona for his translation of a book on astronomy. This translator has so far been identified with Seniofred Llobet, who was by that time the archdeacon of Barcelona cathedral. A thorough examination of the letter as well as of other contemporary sources, however, precludes the archdeacon from this identification. The translator Lupitus must rather have been a Mozarabic clergyman who immigrated from Muslim Spain, from where he probably brought with him the Arabic original for his translation. This paper intends to throw some light on a hitherto poorly studied stage of the transmission process that brought the astrolabe from Al-Andalus to Europe.

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Authors & Contributors
Rodríguez-Arribas, Josefina
Shahidi, Pouyan
Nikfahm Khubravan, Sajjad
Yücesoy, Hayrettin
Wright, Owen
Schütz, Michael
Tarikh-e Elm (The Iranian Journal for the History of Science)
Suhayl: Journal for the History of the Exact and Natural Sciences in Islamic Civilisation
Arabic Sciences and Philosophy
Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften
MHNH (Revista Internacional de Investigación sobre Magia y Astrología Antiguas)
Journal of World History
Oxford University Press
University of Chicago Press
Institut Millás Vallicrosa d'Història de la Ciència Àrab
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Instruments, astronomical
Taitaẓak, Joseph
al-Corsono, Jacob ben Isaac
Ishaq Ibn Hunain
al-Sijzi, Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd al-Jalil
Alfonso X, King of Léon and Castile
Time Periods
10th century
14th century
9th century
11th century
8th century
Baghdad (Iraq)
Barcelona (Spain)
Naples (Italy)
North Africa
Ikhwān al-Ṣafā (Brethren of Purity)

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