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Astronomica

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Hardcover, First Edition, 528 pages
Published January 1st 1977 by Harvard University Press
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Ian
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This book was the centrepiece of my Masters on Manilius (as you would expect), and was of importance in my Phd, which examined Roman astrology. By the end of this my copy was dog eared indeed.
I found that Manilius' astrology was only a few, small excerpts from several different astrological systems, and that he presented a strong and well reasoned argument for Stoicism, within the lines of astrology text. Well written, perhaps surprising that it apparently paid so little importance in later Rom
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Not an easy read by any means. The introduction to the Loeb edition was indispensable for me, and the work is an important data point for research into ancient astrology leading up to Ptolemy. The poetry (at least in the Loeb edition I read) doesn’t speak well for Manilius’ talents, more compendious than it is lyrical (a reasonable complaint about most Didactic poetry I would think), excepting in one place, near the close of book V, where he gives one of the most beautiful and striking retelling ...more
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Marcus Manilius is an enigma, and an enigma not often sought out. Even his name is uncertain, the "Marcus" is partly conjectural. All that we know of this man comes from his sole, known work, his didactic monograph, the "Astronomica", a five book Latin poem that discusses astrology and Stoicism.

The poem is bereft of direct biographical content, however, we can deduce that he was intelligent, know
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