Theophrastus On First Principles: (known as His Metaphysics) : Greek Text and Medieval Arabic Translation

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BRILL, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 506 pages
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The short aporetic essay "On First Principles" by Theophrastus, thought to have been transmitted as his "Metaphysics," is critically edited for the first time on the basis of all the available evidence the Greek manuscripts and the medieval Arabic and Latin translations together with an introduction, English translation, extensive commentary, and a diplomatic edition of the medieval Latin translation. This book equally contributes to Graeco-Arabic studies as ancilla of classical studies, and includes the first critical edition of the Arabic translation with an English translation and commentary, a detailed excursus on the editorial technique for Greek texts which medieval Arabic translations are extant as well as for the Arabic translations themselves, and a complete Greek and Arabic glossary as a blueprint for future lexica.
  

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Contents

Chapter One Introduction to the Essay
3
Manuscripts Translations Stemma
45
Manuscripts Transmission
75
Excursus Principles of GraecoArabic Textual Criticism
93
a Supplementary Critical Apparatus to the Greek Text
161
a Supplementary Critical Apparatus to the Arabic Text
227
Introduction
247
Aporia
255
Aporia
344
Aporia
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Aporia
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Aporia
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Aporia
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Aporia
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Appendix Known by Being Unknown a
401
Word Indices and Glossaries
409
Abbreviations
410
Signs
412
Translation of Greek Morphology Syntax and Semantics
434
Index of Words in the Scholium
436
Arabic Word Index and ArabicGreek Glossary
437
Bibliography
481
Index Nominum
491
Index Locorum
499
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About the author (2010)

Dimitri Gutas, PhD (1975) in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Yale University, is Professor of Arabic at Yale. He has published on the medieval Graeco-Arabic translation movement and its lexicography, the transmission of Greek philosophical texts into Arabic, and Arabic philosophy.

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