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Corpus Christianorum
Boethius
De arithmetica

J. Schilling, H. Oosthout (eds.)
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XVII+277 p., + 2 pl., 155 x 245 mm, 1999
ISBN: 978-2-503-00943-8
Languages: Latin
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In De institutione arithmeticae artis libri duo, Boetius (this, rather than the generally 'Boethius', is how the manuscripts spell his name) shows himself a skillful and stylistically accomplished renderer of the Introduction to Arithmetic by the Neopythagorean Nicomachus of Gerasa. As Boetius explains in the preface of his work, his adaptation follows 'the itinerary, not the footprints', of the Greek original, condensing where possible, and amplifying on the abstruse. For the present edition, about forty manuscripts from the ninth and tenth centuries were examined, and twenty of these were exhaustively collated. The apparatus fontium reflects the indebtedness of Boetian number theory to the Neopythagorean tradition, mainly Nicomachus, Theo of Smyrna and Iamblichus of Chalcis. A detailed analytical index of mathematical concepts, definitions and technical terms completes the volume.
Series Branch:
Corpus Christianorum
Corpus Christianorum Patristic Latin Series
Corpus Christianorum Series Latina
Interest Classification:
Philosophy
Branches of Philosophy
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Theology & Theologians
Western Fathers (c. 160-735)
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Early Christian & Patristic Latin literature

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