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Michael Scot
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(Scotus; before 1200, Scotland – c. 1235). Michael was present as a magister at the fourth Lateran Council in 1215. Around 1217 he was in Toledo translating works on natural history and philosophy from Arabic into Latin; he acquainted the West with Averroes. In 1220 he was teaching in Bologna. In 1225 he turned down an appointment as archbishop of Cashel in Ireland. He was active at the court of Frederick the Great as a translator and astrologer. The Latin reception of Aristotle, Avicenna, and Averroes was inspired by him. Besides his translations, he wrote the works: Liber i…

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Rieger, Reinhold, “Michael Scot”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_14067>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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