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Title: The Greco-Syriac and Arabic Sources of Barhebraeus' Mineralogy and Meteorology in Candelabrium Sanctuarii, Base II
Author(s): TAKAHASHI, Hidemi
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 56    Issue: 1-4   Date: 2004   
Pages: 191-209
DOI: 10.2143/JECS.56.1.578702

Abstract :
As a small contribution to this work of identifying the sources, I present here in a summary form the results of the examination of those passages in the Second Base of Cand. where Barhebraeus deals with subject matters which go back ultimately to Aristotle’s Meteorologica. These passages are to be found in Sections (nise) 2 and 4 (on the elements ‘earth’ and ‘air’) of Base II, Chapter 3, Part 1.2 As is well known, Aristotle’s Meteorologica covers not only meteorology proper, but also touches on such matters as mineralogy and mathematical geography. Within the two sections that I propose to discuss, the first half of Section 2 and the greater part of Section 4 deal, respectively, with mineralogy and meteorology and the same sources are used in these two parts. The sources used, on the other hand, in the latter half of Section 2, which deals with mathematical geography, are quite different from those used in the first half of the same section and in Section 4. I begin therefore with an enumeration of the sources used by Barhebraeus for his information on mineralogy and meteorology, and go on to an enumeration of the sources for geography. This will then be followed by a summary presentation of the sources that have been identified so far.