Astronomica (Loeb Classical Library)

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Classical Philology

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 - D. R. Shackleton Bailey
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.
Classical Philology
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674995161
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1977
  • Language: Latin
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library Series, #469
  • Edition description: 3rd printing/1st pub.1977-rev.1992
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 626,102
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

At the time of his death G. P. Goold was William Lampson Professor Emeritus of Latin Language and Literature, Yale University, and Editor Emeritus of the Loeb Classical Library®.
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Table of Contents

The World of Manilius (map)

Preface

Introduction

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

Index

The Skies of Manilius (star-charts)

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