Astronomical illustrated manuscripts
The research group has the goal to develop interdisciplinary studies on the astronomical illustrated manuscripts of the mediaeval tradition (starting from the so called Araea, Latin translations of the Phaenomena of Aratus and related texts) with a special focus on the relations between the illustrations and the texts.
The group is creating a portal, Certissima signa, a systematic collection of data concerning the astronomical illustrated manuscripts of the Western tradition (a section for the manuscripts of the Arabic tradition is a later phase of the project). In its complete version this portal will offer a survey of the ancient starred skies of the Mediterranean in the Late Antiquity and the Medieval Period. A beta version of the portal will be presented to scholars in January 2012.
All the concerned texts are going to be translated into Italian and published with introduction and commentary in the series Il Mito. Testi e Saggi, Edizioni ETS, Pisa: Aratus phaenomena; Eratosthenes Epitome of Catasterisms; Cicero Aratea, Germanicus Aratea; Avienus Aratea; Aratus Latinus, Scholia Basineensia; De signis coeli; De ordine ac positione.
Seminars and conferences about the subject are being held regularly.