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All of their works, which have only survived in fragmentary form, were written in the same style as the Hieroglyphica by Horapollo, the only complete ancient. Horapollo’s text printed with Greek and Latin on facing pages. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year.

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His school was shut down, his temple of Isis and Osiris destroyed, and he, after being subjected to torture, finally converted to Christianity. Beginning in the sixteenth century, the Hieroglyphica were usually attributed to him. All of their works, which have only survived in fragmentary form, were written in the same style as the Hieroglyphica by Horapollo, the only complete ancient treatise on Egyptian hieroglyphics.

The two books of the Hieroglyphica contain in total interpretations of hieroglyphs: Book I describes 70, hierkglyphica Book II In the Renaissance they were generally considered to be authentic Egyptian characters, and although this authenticity was seriously placed in doubt during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, modern-day Egyptology recognizes that Book I in its entirety and approximately one third of Book II are based on real signs from hieroglyphic writing.

Nevertheless, their interpretation does not follow their functional meaning in the Egyptian system of writing, but rather a presumably loftier moral, theological or natural decoding of reality, in exactly the same way that the Physiologus was interpreted at around the same time.

This genre of the symbolic rereading of the hieroglyphs — “enigmatic hieroglyphs” as Rigoni and Zanco call them — was very popular in the late Hellenistic period. It should not surprise us, then, that so many Renaissance Humanists — for whom this was all quite familiar through Lucan, Apuleius, Plutarch, Clement of Alexandria and, especially, Ennead V by Plotinus — should see in the Hieroglyphica a genuine connection with the highest sphere of wisdom.


The part hoapollo the Hieroglyphica that does not deal with hieroglyphics — chaps. The manuscript of the Hieroglyphica made its way to Florence, from the island of Andros, in the hand of Cristoforo Buondelmonti in today housed in the Biblioteca Laurenziana, Plut.

The editio princeps, in Greek, of the Hieroglyphica, was published by Manuzio in and enjoyed more than 30 editions and translations during the sixteenth century, not including all the adaptations.

Beginning with the previously cited Ennead V. On the other hand, this work intiated the mode of “writing with horapolloo signs” Alciato — as expressed in the preface of so many emblem books — thus contributing decisively to the evolution and popularity of the emblematic genre. In fact, as Mario Praz has pointed out, in this period emblems were normally seen as the modern equivalents of sacred Egyptian signs. Sang pour ce quelle ne boit iamais eau mais sang.

Filippo Fasianino second Latin translation DEum immortalem Aegyptii significare uolentes, altitudinem, humilitatem, excellentiam, sanguinem, uictoriam, Martem, et Venerem, Accipitrem notant, ac deum quidem primo eam ob causam significant: Quoniam animal id plurimae foecunditatis est diuque uiuit.

Ad haec utique quia praeter omnia uolatilia solis Idolon ac simulacrum Accipiter esse credatur, eo quod solis radios acutissimo obtutu recte intuetur, Quamobrem medici quidem periti ad oculorum medelam Hieracia ab accipitris nomine herba denominata, utuntur, Inde solem quoque ceu dominum humani aspectus in accipitris formam nonnunquam pingunt. Altitudinem uero, quoniam caetera animalia cum in altum uolant oblique semper feruntur, quia recte uolare nequeunt, Solus uero Accipiter recto uolatu altiora petit.

Humilitatem autem, quia reliqua animalia non recte uolantia secundum demissionem uadunt: Accipiter uero per rectitudinem certam ad humillima quaeque descendendo uertitur. Excellentiam, quoniam supra omne auitium genus: Accipiter longe excellere uidetur. Sanguinem, quandoquidem animal istud aquam in potum nusquam sumere sed sanguinem duntaxat bibere solitum memorant.

Victoriam, Quia genus omne auium solus accipiter uincere creditur. Cum enim a robustiori ac fortiori quapiam aue sese premi ac superari senserit, illico in aere ita se supinum facit, ut ungues suos ad superiores partes reuoluat, Pennas uero ad posteriora corporis deorsum, assidue pugnando perstringat, hinc fit ut cum reliqua uolatilia ei in pugna opposita idem facere et paria esse nequeant, uicta relinquantur atque inferiora sint.


Isque ipse accipiter ad uictoriam omnino perueniat. MS of Michel Nostradamus ca.

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Et ancho perche pare essere un simulacro del Horapolo, tenendo lei sola fra tutti gli altri uccelli gli occhi intenti uerso i raggi del Sole. Et oltra di questo il sangue, perche come dicono non beue acqua, ma il sangue. Heinrich Petri first German translation Gott. Deum quum volunt significare, aut sublimitatem, aut humilitatem, aut praestantiam, aut sanguinem, aut victoriam, accipitrem pingunt.

Atque hinc est, quod medici hhieroglyphica sananda oculorum vitia, hieraceo herba vtuntur. Inde etiam fit, vt solem interdum, tanquam visus autorem ac dominum, accipitris forma pingant.

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Sublimitatem vero, quia cum caetera quidem animantia, quoties in sublime tolli volunt, oblique ferantur, nec recta sursum euehi possint, solus accipiter recta in altum volat. Praestantiam, quod caeteris auibus praestare videatur.

Sanguinem, quia animal hoc aiunt non aquam, sed sanguinem bibere. Victoriam demum, quod caeteras volucres vincere videatur. Editorial history of the Hieroglyphica. The Hieroglyphica The two books of the Hieroglyphica contain in total interpretations of hieroglyphs: Heinrich Petri first German translation.

Treasures of Kalocsa, Vol. Psalterium MS more Quid accipitrem pingentes, innuant. Sancho Panza and the Turtle.

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An Encounter with the Inquisition. Phoenix on the top of the palm tree. To eat turtle or not to eat it.