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A Latin version of Aristotle's treatise

There is a Latin version by a Michael Sophianus of Aristotle's treatise De Anima.

Of the age of the translator nothing appears to be known unless we could identify him with the subject of one or other of the following articles, which cannot be done without supposing that there is some mistake as to his first name. If, as is likely, he is a different person, we may conjecture that he was one of the many Greek refugees who sought refuge in Italy on the capture of Constantinople by the Turks, or a Greek of Corfu, to which island we judge from the following article a branch of the Sophiani belonged. We may perhaps identify him with the Sophianus, a Greek, who translated into Latin, and addressed to Lelio del Valle, a work De Re Militari et de Militaribus Instrumentis, which is extant in the MS. in the Medicean library at Florence, or with the author of a work In Topica Aristotelis, of Epistolae in Laudem ipsius, and of Epigrammata Sacra, all in the Ambrosian Library at Milan.


This was printed with the In Libros de Anima Aristotelis Expositio of St. Thomas Aquinas, Fol. Venice (apud Juntas) 1565.

Further Information

Montfaucon, Biblioth. Bibliothecar. vol. i. pp. 331, 502.

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