Cicero’s Arateain an Anglo-Saxon miscellany

The British Library

The British Library

The constellation Sagittarius – taking its name from the Latin for ‘archer’ – is illustrated in this Anglo-Saxon manuscript as a centaur drawing back its bow. The arrow is aimed at Capricorn on the opposite page; the stars are represented by orange-red orbs, around which the centaur’s outline is drawn. This manuscript was made shortly before the Norman Conquest of England. In October 1731, it narrowly escaped destruction by fire: sadly, the edges of its pages were singed by the heat of the flames. Shown here: ff. 36v–37r

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  • Title: Cicero’s Arateain an Anglo-Saxon miscellany
  • Date Created: 11th century
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Location Created: England
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Original Source: Cotton MS Tiberius B V/1
  • Rights: Public Domain in most countries other than the UK. For more information visit: https://www.bl.uk/help/how-to-reuse-images-of-unpublished-manuscripts

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