Hugo of Santalla

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Hugo of Santalla [1] was a significant translator of the first part of the 12th century. From Arabic originals, he produced Latin translations of texts on alchemy, astronomy, astrology and geomancy.

He is thought to have been a Spanish priest, working in Tarazona.[2] Michael, bishop of Tarazona was a patron.

Works attributed to him are translations of Alfraganus[3] Haly, the Liber de secretis naturae of Apollonius of Tyana,[4] De Spatula on divination,[5] and the Tabula Smaragdina.[6] His Liber Aristotilis was an anthology of material with Greek and Persian origins, none of it now attributed to Aristotle.

See also[edit]


  • The Liber Aristotilis of Hugo of Santalla (1997) by Charles Burnett, David Pingree
  • Commentary on tables of Alcoarismi, tr. Hugo of Santalla: edited by E. Millás (Madrid 1963).
  • C. H. Haskins, The Translations of Hugo Sanctelliensis, Romanic Review, II (1911)