The Arabic tradition of Euclid's Elements preserved in the Latin translation by Adelard of Bath and the Hebrew translation by Rabbi Jacob

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Abstract

The present paper offers a detailed study of the textual differences between two medieval traditions of Euclid's Elements: the tradition transmitted in most of the extant Arabic manuscripts of the work, and the tradition preserved in the Latin translation commonly ascribed to Adelard of Bath and a Hebrew translation ascribed to “Rabbi Jacob”. The principal aim is to identify types of differences in the structure and the formulation of Book I. In conclusion, the question is raised whether this typology reflects the procedures employed by al-Ḥajjāj ibn Yūsuf ibn Maṭar in revising his translation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)111-130
Number of pages20
JournalHistoria Mathematica
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2018

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Keywords

  • Adelard of Bath
  • Euclid's Elements
  • Jews and science
  • Rabbi Jacob
  • al-Ḥajjāj

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