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Diagrams Of The Phases Of The Moon, In St. Isidore Of Seville's 'Etymologies'

Diagrams Of The Phases Of The Moon, In St. Isidore Of Seville's 'Etymologies'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1075

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 C.i

Item number: f.30r

Length: 32

Width: 23.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Isidore of Seville (599-636) wrote probably the most famous and important encyclopaedia of the Middle Ages, the 'Etymologies', named after one of its constituent chapters. It is a compilation of all the knowledge that was available to Isidore, from a wide variety of sources. This manuscript was written at St. Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury, and remained there for several centuries. In a section concerning astronomy, Isidore describes the phases of the moon, which are illustrated here by diagrams of the moon progressing from a new moon, with the crescent facing left, followed by a thicker crescent, a half moon, and so on.

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