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Astronomica

Author: Marcus Manilius
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1977.
Series: Loeb classical library, 469.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Astronomica (first century CE), the earliest extant treatise we have on astrology, Manilius provides an account of celestial phenomena and the signs of the Zodiac. He also gives witty character sketches of persons born under particular constellations.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Early works
Poetry
Translations
Translations into English
Early works to 1800
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Manilius, Marcus.
Astronomica.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1977
(DLC) 78105138
(OCoLC)3695694
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marcus Manilius
OCLC Number: 643994201
Language Note: Text in Latin with English translation on facing pages.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (cxxii, 387 pages, [3] leaves of plates (2 folded)) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series Title: Loeb classical library, 469.
Other Titles: Astronomicon.
Responsibility: Manilius ; with an English translation by G.P. Goold.

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In Astronomica (first century CE), the earliest extant treatise we have on astrology, Manilius provides an account of celestial phenomena and the signs of the Zodiac. He also gives witty character sketches of persons born under particular constellations.

Marcus Manilius, who lived in the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius, is the author of the earliest treatise on astrology we possess. 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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