Trattato degli elementi

Aristotelian work
Date: 1571

Work ref: 106
Multiple work: No
Type: Prose

Author

BREVENTANO Stefano
(1502-1577)

Extant versions

Printed editions

Genre

Compendium

Related to Aristotle's

Branch of Philosophy

Natural Philosophy

Description

Breventano's treatise on the natural elements opens with an interesting preface to the readers in which the author explains the importance of disseminating scientific culture not only through translations and commentaries, but through compendia as well (Plato and Aristotle are mentioned as the main authorities of the past). The work, at least in the very first general remarks, draws on Aristotle's natural philosophy (e.g. the reference to De coelo et mundo, book 3, at f. 7v), but in the following sections it refers to several other sources such as Pliny the Elder and some classical poets (e.g. the references to Ovid - with passages translated into vernacular). The compiler pays attention to recent sources andd description of natural phenomena as well (e.g. the examples recorded at the end of the treatise).

Printed Editions

City
Pavia
Year
1571




Original Record Author
Eugenio Refini
Record Last Updated On
07/03/2013
Record Last Updated By

Citation
Eugenio Refini, ‘Trattato degli elementi’, in Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy Database (VARIDB)
  <http://vari.warwick.ac.uk/items/show/5000> [accessed 21 November 2017]