Warburg Institute Studies & Texts

Dag Nikolaus Hasse
January 1, 2001
In the 12th century the "Book of the Soul" by the philosopher Avicenna was translated from Arabic into Latin. It had an immense success among scholastic writers and deeply influenced the structure and content of many psychological works of the Middle Ages. The reception of Avicenna's book is the story of cultural contact at an impressively high intellectual level. The present volume investigates this successful reception using two approaches. The first is chronological, tracing the stages by which Avicenna's work was accepted and adapted by Latin scholars. The second is doctrinal, analyzing the fortunes of key doctrines. The sense of the original Arabic text of Avicenna is kept in mind throughout and the degree to which his original Latin...
Joanna Weinberg
June 1, 2005
Observations on the Syriac New Testament: A Sixteenth-Century Jew’s Critique of the Vulgate.
Edited by Rotraud Hansberger, M. Afifi al-Haytham, and Charles Burnett
June 25, 2012
CONTENTSPrefaceGalen and al-Rāzī on time / Peter AdamsonThe Ḥikam or aphorisms of al-Ghazālī: some examples / M. Afifi al-AkitiSome Syriac pseudo-platonic curiosities / Sebastian BrockAl-Jāḥiẓ on Aṣḥāb al-Jahālāt and the Jahmiyya / Patricia CroneJawhar and Dhāt in some medieval Arabic philosophers (or, on 'Dhis and Dhat') / Julian FaultlessLe scepticisme et sa réfutation selon al-Malāḥimī / Charles GenequandMediating the medium: the Arabic Plotinus on vision / Rotraud HansbergerShīʹī views of the death of the Prophet Muḥammad / Etan KohlbergNaṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī's exposition of mayl / Y. Tzvi LangermannʻĪsā ibn ʻUmayr's Ibāḍī theology and Donatist Christian thought / Wilferd MadelungThe absurdaties of infinite time: Shahrastānī's critique...
Lilian Armstrong
December 1, 2016
Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca, 1304-1374) worked over many years on his long historical text about the Lives of ancient Roman military heroes, De viris illustribus (On Famous Men). Left unfinished at his death, the text was completed by 1379 by Petrarch’s colleague, Lombardo della Seta. Within a decade, De viris illustribus was translated into Italian; and in 1476 the Libro degli uomini famosi was printed in Poiano outside of Verona by the eccentric humanist and scribe, Felice Feliciano (1433–1479/1480). The edition includes a peculiar feature: preceding each of the Lives is a page on which is printed an interlace woodcut border within which, however, no image appears. The present book surveys the hand-illumination of twenty surviving...
Hanna Vorholt
November 28, 2017
The encyclopedic compilation Liber Floridus, created by the Flemish canon Lambert of Saint-Omer in the early twelfth century, survives not only in the form of his famous autograph, but also in a considerable number of later manuscripts which transformed the knowledge assembled by him and which became starting points for new appraisals of their texts and images. Shaping Knowledge examines the processes which determined this transfer over the centuries and evaluates the specific achievements of the different generations of scribes and illuminators. Taking account of the full range of manuscripts which transmit material from the Liber Floridus and focusing in more detail on three of them – now in the Herzog August Bibliothek in...