Certissima signa
A Venice Conference on Greek and Latin Astronomical Texts


De signis coeli and De ordine ac positione stellarum in signis
Two Star Catalogues from the Carolingian Age

Anna Santoni
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italia


De signis coeli and De ordine ac positione stellarum in signis are two star catalogues produced during the Carolingian renaissance; they represent a contribution of the Aratean tradition to the basic astronomical knowledge in the early middle ages. Some characteristics of these texts are discussed, with a special focus on common aspects and differences.


 Ancient astronomy. Medieval astronomy. Constellations. Celestial mythology.