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Gerbert Requests a Latin Transation of an Arabic Text

5/984 CE

In May 984 Gerbert d'Aurillac, as abbot of Bobbio, wrote a letter to a certain Lupitus of Barcelona (Lupito Barchinonensi) asking Lupitus to send him a copy of a treatise on astrology which Lupito had translated from the Arabic. Lynn Thorndike, in his History of Magic and Experimental Science II, 698, refers to this letter as an indication that Arabic scientific (or pseudo-scientific) texts were being translated into Latin by this time.

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