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The Parva Naturalia (a conventional Latin title first used by Giles of Rome: "short treatises on nature") are a collection of seven works by Aristotle, which discuss natural phenomena involving the body and the soul. The word Parva is of Sanskrit origin and is often used in literary texts. They form parts of Aristotle's biology. The individual works are as follows (with links to online English translations):

Work Latin name
Parva Naturalia  ("Little Physical Treatises")
436a Sense and Sensibilia De Sensu et Sensibilibus
449b On Memory De Memoria et Reminiscentia
453b On Sleep De Somno et Vigilia
458a On Dreams De Insomniis
462b On Divination in Sleep De Divinatione per Somnum
464b On Length and Shortness
of Life
De Longitudine et Brevitate Vitae
467b On Youth, Old Age, Life
and Death, and Respiration
De Juventute et Senectute, De
Vita et Morte, De Respiratione


All the Parva Naturalia
  • Aristote: Petits traités d'histoire naturelle (with French translation and brief notes), ed. René Mugnier, Collection Budé, 1953
  • Aristotle: Parva Naturalia (with extensive commentary in English), ed. W. D. Ross, Oxford, 1955 (repr. 2000, ISBN 0-19-814108-4)
  • Aristotelis Parva Naturalia Graece et Latine (with Latin translation and notes), ed. Paul Siwek, Rome: Desclée, 1963
Multiple treatises
  • David Gallop, Aristotle on Sleep and Dreams: A Text and Translation with Introduction, Notes, and Glossary. Petersborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 1990, ISBN 0-921149-60-3 (On Sleep, On Dreams, and On Divination in Sleep)

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