The project investigates the networks between professors of Astronomy and Greek and their students in sixteenth-century European cities, who used the original Greek, humanistic textbook of astronomy “Pseudo-Proclus’ Sphaera.” To understand the context of Pseudo-Proclus’ Sphaera in the Renaissance, professors’ commentaries on and translations of the text are compared to the standard textbook of Astronomy—Sacrobosco’s Sphaera—especially concerning their contents, structure, and cited authorities. It was determined that, in spite of the humanistic character of this work, it also underwent a process of transformation due to the “practical turn” in the second half of the sixteenth century (Johanna Biank, Pseudo-Proklos’ Sphaera: Die Sphaera-Gattung im 16. Jahrhundert, Dissertation, Fakultät 1, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin).
Context of Commentaries on the Textbook of Astronomy “Pseudo-Proclus’ Sphaera” in the Renaissance
- Johanna Biank