Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Excerptum de Geometria : da Cassiodoro al Liber Glossarum

Abstract : In the Liber glossarum certain characteristic terms of Euclidean geometry are explained by referring to formulas that are found in Isidore of Seville, which nevertheless takes them actually from version "Delta" of the Institutiones of Cassiodorus, who, in turn, took up a Latin translation of the first pages of the first book of Euclid's elements. Several scholars have argued that the Latin version of Euclid should be identified with the lost one of Boethius, mentioned by Cassiodorus himself. It is widely believed that there is only one version of the Boethian translation, although lost, but we have to think again on this point. We must assume that there were more than one Boethian translation of Euclid, one, the less faithful, showing an elaboration of the text, beware to the deep meaning of Euclid; and another one closer to the letter of the text. The first is the one we find traces in Boethius himself and in the fragments of the Verona LX. The second is the one we find in the version "Delta" of the Institutiones.
Complete list of metadata

Cited literature [6 references]  Display  Hide  Download
Contributor : Camille FAIVRE Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 11:22:39 AM
Last modification on : Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:01:25 PM
Long-term archiving on: : Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:21:55 PM


Publisher files allowed on an open archive


  • HAL Id : hal-01421402, version 1



Fabio Troncarelli. Excerptum de Geometria : da Cassiodoro al Liber Glossarum. Dossiers d'HEL, SHESL, 2016, Le Liber glossarum (s. VII-VIII) : Composition, courses, réception, pp.273-281. ⟨hal-01421402⟩



Record views


Files downloads