Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans *Unabridged* (Formatted & Optimized for Nook)

Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans *Unabridged* (Formatted & Optimized for Nook)

by Franz Cumont
     
 

This is a study of star-worship by Franz Cumont. At the turn of the 20th century, Cumont collected all available astrological and astronomical texts from antiquity. This book summarizes his knowledge and theories on this subject. Cumont shows that astronomical knowledge was developed over time in the ancient Near East, eventually allowing prediction of phenomena such… See more details below

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This is a study of star-worship by Franz Cumont. At the turn of the 20th century, Cumont collected all available astrological and astronomical texts from antiquity. This book summarizes his knowledge and theories on this subject. Cumont shows that astronomical knowledge was developed over time in the ancient Near East, eventually allowing prediction of phenomena such as the location of the planets, the phases of the moon, and eclipses. This knowledge was used as the basis of a religious system which was integrated into Greek and Roman Paganism. This involved worship of the planets and stars and a belief that after death (if virtuous) we ascend to the heavens. Other aspects of ancient star-worship that are still with us are our seven-day week and the transference of the winter Solstice into the celebration of the birth of Christ.

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ISBN-13:
2940012393661
Publisher:
Franz Cumont
Publication date:
03/21/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
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