Di Segni, Diana (2016). Moses Maimonides and the Latin Middle Ages. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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The aim of this PhD dissertation is to investigate the manuscript tradition of the Dux neutrorum, the Latin translation of Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed. This work counts among the most influential Jewish philosophical and theological texts and had a strong impact on the Latin speaking world from the second half of the 13th century onwards. At the same time, the Guide is an outstanding example of the translation movement from Arabic into Hebrew into Latin in the 13th century. Originally composed in Judeo-Arabic between 1180 and 1191, the Guide of the Perplexed was translated into Hebrew twice. Around mid 13th century, a Latin version appeared. There neither is information on the identity of the Latin translator nor on the time and place of its composition. Concerning its geographical origin, scholars formulated different assumptions: the court of Frederick II, Southern France, and Paris. Today, this Latin version is transmitted by thirteen manuscripts and has never been edited before. For more than a century, the critical edition of the Dux neutrorum has been an open desideratum of the scientific community; as a matter of fact, the absence of a reliable text raises several interpretative problems when facing Maimonides’ reception among Latin authors. The present doctoral dissertation fulfils this need by presenting a critical edition of Dux neutrorum, I, chapters 1-59, based on the examination of all the witnesses. Also, it represents the beginning of a wider project, i.e., the edition of the integrality of the work.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Di Segni, Dianadsegni@uni-koeln.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-113822
DOI: 10.18716/kups.11382
Date: 2016
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 8: Philosophie > Philosophisches Seminar > Thomas-Institut
Subjects: Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Moses MaimonidesEnglish
Jewish medieval philosophyEnglish
Date of oral exam: 4 February 2014
NameAcademic Title
Speer, AndreasProf. Dr. Dr. h.c.
Sturlese, LorisProf. Dr.
Wirmer, DavidProf. Dr.
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/11382


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