Tacuinum Sanitatis in Medicina
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Austrian National Library, Codex Vindobonensis S. n. 2644
Date of origin of the codex: late 14th century, upper Italy
Graz 2004, 216 page reproduction
152 page commentary by F. Unterkircher, 13 x 19.5cm
How does one live correctly in order to preserve his health and joy of life?
What should one eat?
How does one protect oneself?
What influence do clothes, living conditions or weather have on the well-being of man?
Since time immemorial these represent the most posed and frequently discussed questions. Since early times, rules were set in place and systems outlined in order to attain a healthy life.
One of the most famous works regarding this theme, the “Tacuinum sanitatis” was written around the middle of the 11th century by an Arab physician Ibn Botlan, and translated into Latin during the 13th century, most likely in the court of Manfreds in Sicily.
In the 14th century, the originally non-illustrated text was richly filled with pictures, which enabled this work to achieve an extremely large popularity. The Wiener Codex 2644, already presented here, also belongs to this type of early manuscript.
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