Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica

Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica

by Steven J. Green, Katharina Volk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199586462

ISBN-13: 9780199586462

Pub. Date: 05/19/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Astronomica of Manilius is a poem in five books, at least partly written under the Emperor Augustus, which purports to teach the reader the art of astrology and the means by which an accurate horoscope may be cast. It is, therefore, a text from the classical age of Roman literature which deals with a topic to whose enduring popular interest any daily Western

Overview

The Astronomica of Manilius is a poem in five books, at least partly written under the Emperor Augustus, which purports to teach the reader the art of astrology and the means by which an accurate horoscope may be cast. It is, therefore, a text from the classical age of Roman literature which deals with a topic to whose enduring popular interest any daily Western newspaper will testify. And yet, despite some notable modern exceptions, the infamously harsh verdict of Manilius' most ardent modern critic, A. E. Housman, continues to cast an imposing shadow on the poem. Forgotten Stars seeks to lift this shadow once and for all, as it brings together an international contingent of scholars to analyse this dynamic poem from a variety of perspectives. Matters of literary interest are complemented by approaches which assess the work's socio-political, philosophical, scientific, and astrological resonance, as well as its influence on later Renaissance writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199586462
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/19/2011
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: A century of Manilian scholarship, Katharina Volk
I. Intellectual and scientific backdrop
2. More sentiment than science: Roman stargazing before and after Manilius, Elaine Fantham
3. Manilius' conflicted Stoicism, Thomas Habinek
4. Myth and explanation in Manilius, Daryn Lehoux
II. Integrity and consistency
5. Watch this space (getting round book 1: 215-46), John Henderson
6. On two Stoic 'paradoxes' in Manilius, Wolfgang-Rainer Mann
7. Manilian self-contradiction, Katharina Volk
8. Arduum ad astra: The poetics and politics of horoscopic failure in Manilius' Astronomica, Steven J. Green
III. Metaphors
9. Tropes and figures: Manilian style as a reflection of astrological tradition, Wolfgang Hubner
10. Sums in verse or a mathematical aesthetic?, Duncan F. Kennedy
11. Census and commercium: Two economic metaphors in Manilius, Patrick Glauthier
IV. Didactic digressions
12. Digressions, intertextuality, and ideology in didactic poetry: The case of Manilius, Monica R. Gale
13. Cosmos and imperium: Politicized digressions in Manilius' Astronomica, Josephe-Henriette Abry
14. A song from the universal chorus: The Perseus and Andromeda epyllion, James Uden
V. Reception
15. Augustus, Manilius, and Claudian, Enrico Flores
16. Renaissance reception of Manilius' anthropology, Caroline Stark
17. Lorenzo Bonincontri's reception of Manilius' chapter on comets (Astr. 1.809-926), Stephan Heilen

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