Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature, and Art

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INDEX
‘Abbasid caliphate: automaton making, 19–21; Harun al- Rashid’s water clock, 5, 20–21, 27, 141, 143, 144–45, 146. See also Islamicate world
Abrégé des histories divines, 81–82, Plates 12–15
Adelard of Bath, 85, Plate 17
Adhémar of Chabannes, 77, 183n39
Aeneid (Vergil), 7, 63–64. See also Le Roman d’Éneas
aesthetics, medieval philosophy of, 43
Alain de Lille, 45, 46
Albertus Magnus, 70, 89, 91–94; and
Aristotle’s libri naturales, 92, 93–94; on construction of an aeophile, 93; defense of astral prediction against Christian detractors, 93–94; legend of oracular head (talking statue), 92–93; writings, 91–92, 93–94
Alchandreana, 77
alchemy in late medieval England, 69–70, 114
Alcuin, 84
Alexander the Great: letter to Aristotle on natural wonders of India and Ethiopia, 17–18; two fifteenth- century paintings depicting embalming of, 106, Plates 20–21. See also Le Roman d’Alexandre
Alexanderlied (Lamprecht), 157n20
Alexandrian school, 4–5, 19, 118, 122, 157nn12, 20
Alexios Angelos, 25
Alexios III, 25
Alfonso X of Castile and Leon, 143
Alfred of Sareshel, 89
Almoravid dynasty, 183n40
Aloadin (the Old Man of the Mountains), 38, 167n125, Plate 3
Ameil, Pierre, 105
ancient Greece, 3–5; Alexander legend, 17–18; Alexandrian school treatises by engineers and architects (automatonmakers), 4–5, 19, 118, 122; Homer, 3–4, 96; infl uence on Byzantine Empire, 5; influence on Islamicate world, 5, 19–20, 122; pneumatic principles, 4, 19, 118. See also romans antiques
ancient Rome: Anglo- Norman retellings of biography of Vergil, 65–68, 177n124; water mills, 120. See also romans antiques
al- Andalu’s, 183n38; Gerbert of Aurillac’s education in, 74, 76–79, 88; Latin Christian scholars in, 85. See also Islamicate world
android, 2–3, 155n2
Anglo-Normans. See romans antiques
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, 84
Antapodosis (Liudprand of Cremona), 22–23, 40
Anticlaudianus (Alain de Lille), 46
Antikythera Mechanism, 4–5
Apollonius of Tyane, 26
Aquinas, Thomas, 34, 93
Aristotle: Alexander the Great’s letter on natural wonders of India and Ethiopia, 17; on astral prediction and celestial influences on natural objects, 93–94; natural philosophy (libri naturales), 92, 93–94; theories of decay and decomposition, 111; on wonder, 15, 34
ars (French art), 49–50
ars magia, 58, 83
artifice (Old French), 50
artisans, 137–40
astral science (celestial divination) and Gerbert of Aurillac: and demonic magic, 73, 76, 78–82, 88; education in Spain and reputation for erudition, 73–79; mastery

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