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Astronomica : Lcl, 469 - Marcus Manilius


Lcl, 469

By: Marcus Manilius, G.P. Goold (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 1st July 1989
ISBN: 9780674995161
Number Of Pages: 528

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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. 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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Perhaps the most ingenious...of Latin poets [is here translated by] a distinguished Latinist, deeply versed in celestial lore...[Manilius] is faithfully conveyed in a style both lucid and elegant.--D. R. Shackleton Bailey "Classical Philology "

The World of Manilius (map)
About the Poet
A Guide to the Poem
The Manuscripts
Editorial Principles
Bibliography (with Addendum)
The Astronomica of Marcus Manilius
Book One
Book Two
Book Three
Book Four
Book Five
The Skies of Manilius (star-charts)
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ISBN: 9780674995161
ISBN-10: 0674995163
Series: Lcl, 469
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 1st July 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 12.07  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 469

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