Albumazar

Albumazar

(äl'bo͞omä`zər), 805?–885, Arab astronomer, more fully Abu-Mashar Jafar ibn Muhammad. In his De magnis conjunctionibus he claimed that the world had been created when the seven planets were in conjunction in the first degree of the constellation Aries and that its end would come when they should be in conjunction again in the last degree of Pisces. In his astronomical tables he used the Persian calculations of the years and pointed out that they did not follow the Jews' reckoning of time.
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The questionable material status of Tomkis's stage properties becomes significant when Albumazar is examined in a context of the history of science as well as the history of theatre.
6) Act 1 of Albumazar features a telescope (referred to throughout the play as aperspicill) and an otacousticon (a hearing aid).
The Black Joke, according to Albumazar, and Erra Pater, is the best for Service, as those who dispose of them are the most honourable: They will neither force their Wares upon you, nor refuse 'em at a tolerable Price.
In the Prologue to his Albumazar, staged before King James at Trinity College in 1615, Thomas Tomkis said his play was to be recited in "this forraigne language," English, for the sake of the ladies in the audience, "for whose sake / Wee now speake English (For Latine is our mother tongue).
In 1615 Thomas Tomkis in Albumazar excused its presentation to the courtiers of its royal audience at Cambridge not in Latin but English, which he called "this forraigne language.
34) What he did not observe was that the non-King's Men plays are clustered on fragment D, while all the plays on fragments A, B, and C can be linked with the King's Men (except one, Albumazar, a play performed at Cambridge University in 1615; nothing is known of its subsequent history).
The links to Tomkis's Lingua are unsupported by any to his later Albumazar (1614), and although he lived till 1634, "There is no evidence that Tomkis wrote any plays after 1616.
Nel 1611 John Donne attacca Galileo nella violenta satira antigesuitica Ignatius His Conclave; nel 1614 Thomas Tomkis riscrive L'astrologo di Della Porta nella commedia Albumazar inserendovi Galileo per accusarlo di vendere astri inesistenti--caustica allusione alla dedica del Sidereus nuncius e all'offerta delle lune di Giove alla casata medicea (Tomkis K3r).
Wile craint d'epouser Consalve a cause d'une prediction de l'astrologue Albumazar (on etait friend d'astrologie au dix-septieme siecle) a laquelle elle accorde finalement une certaine valeur, et aussi a cause de l'attitude negative de son pere.
Les personnages appartiennent a) soit au milieu chretien: Le roi Alphonse, Alphonse, Belasire, Nugna Bella, Consalve, Nugnez Fernando, dom Garcie, Hermenesilde, dom Manrique, dom Olmond; b) soit au milieu islamique: Alamir, Albumazar, Elsibery, Mulziman, Naria, Osmin, Zoromade, Zulema; c) soit aux deux milieux: Alasinthe, Belenie, Felime, Zabelec, Zaide.
28) This is clearly the case with plays such as Jonson's Catiline and The Alchemist, (29) Webster's The White Devil, Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle, and Thomas Tomkis's Albumazar, (30) where the heightened literariness produced by the technique of continuous printing is also rhetorically expressed in scoffs at ignorant theatrical audiences made in prefaces to the reader or in the play itself.
Porta's Magiae naturalis was published in English as Natural Magick in 1658 and again in 1669, and the Library of the Royal Society, to which Dryden had access, included this title and a number of other scientific books by Portal Another possible avenue might have been Porta's dramatic works, popular and influential with seventeenth-century English playwrights; Louise George Clubb notes that Dryden wrote a Prologue for a production of Porta's Albumazar in 1688.