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Astronomica

Author: Marcus Manilius
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1977.
Series: Loeb classical library, 469.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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MARCUS MANILIUS, who lived in the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius, is the author of the earliest treatise on astrology we possess. He tells us hardly anything about himself, and is not mentioned by any other writer. His Astronomica, a Latin didactic poem in five books, begins with an account of celestial phenomena, and then proceeds to treat of the signs of the zodiac and the twelve temples; there follow  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Poetry
Translations
Translations into English
Early works to 1800
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Manilius, Marcus.
Astronomica.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1977
(OCoLC)643994201
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marcus Manilius
ISBN: 0674995163 9780674995161 0434994693 9780434994694
OCLC Number: 3695694
Language Note: Latin and English on opposite pages.
Notes: Latin and English on opposite pages.
Description: cxxii, 387 pages, [3] leaves of plates (2 folded) : illustrations ; 17 cm.
Contents: World of Manilius (map) --
Preface --
Introduction --
About the poet --
A guide to the poem --
The manuscripts --
Editorial principles --
Bibliography (with Addendum) --
Astronomica of Marcus Manilius --
Book one- five --
Index --
Skies of Manilius (star-charts).
Series Title: Loeb classical library, 469.
Other Titles: Astronomicon.
Responsibility: Manilius ; with an English translation by G.P. Goold.

Abstract:

MARCUS MANILIUS, who lived in the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius, is the author of the earliest treatise on astrology we possess. He tells us hardly anything about himself, and is not mentioned by any other writer. His Astronomica, a Latin didactic poem in five books, begins with an account of celestial phenomena, and then proceeds to treat of the signs of the zodiac and the twelve temples; there follow instructions for calculating the horoscoping degree, and details of chronocrators, decans, injurious degrees, zodiacal geography, paranatellonta, and other technical matters. Besides exhibiting great virtuosity in rendering mathematical tables and diagrams in verse form, the poet writes with some passion about his Stoic beliefs and shows much wit and humour in his character sketches of persons born under particular stars. Perhaps taking a lead from Virgil in his Georgics, Manilius abandons the proportions of his last book to narrate the story of Perseus and Andromeda at considerable length. In spite of its undoubted elegance, the Astronomica is a difficult work, and this edition provides in addition to the first English prose translation a full guide to the poem, with copious explanatory notes and illustrative figures.

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