A Digital Corpus for Graeco-Arabic Studies è il portale che offre 230 opere in lingua greca affiancate dalla traduzione in lingua araba. Vi potete trovare anche un consistente numero di commentari e fonti bio-bibiografiche. I testi possono essere consultati singolarmente o insieme con la traduzione araba.
I testi presenti sono per la maggior parte opere filosofiche e mediche; soprattutto Aristotele, Galeno e Ippocrate. A questi testi si aggiungono opere di matematica, astronomia, biologia, zoologia e psicologia.
“Between the 8th and 10th centuries CE, hundreds of Greek philosophical, medical and scientific works were translated into Arabic. These translations helped shape the development of philosophy and science in the Islamic world. Through later Latin translations, they also exerted some influence in the Latin West.
Most importantly, Arabic translations were crucial for preserving, transmitting and extending ancient Greek thought: many Greek texts were lost in the intervening centuries and are now only extant in Arabic translation. The Arabic translators also had access to manuscripts that were often several centuries older and potentially closer to the Greek originals than those available to editors of ancient Greek texts today.
The Arabic translators’ understanding of their Greek sources was informed by their historical, cultural, religious and linguistic background. Their reading of these texts offers a new perspective on the ancient world that has the potential to enhance our own understanding.”