Plimpton MS 17 contains Latin translations of three works by Aristotle in this order: the Ethics (translated by Robert Grossteste), thePolitics (translated by William of Moerbeke), and Economics. The volume ends with Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy with a preface by Nicholas Trevet. Boethius’ sixth-century translations of Aristotle’s logical treatises into Latin provided Christian Europe’s only access until the twelfth century. Boethius intended to translate all of Aristotle and Plato into Latin but died before he could complete the task.
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