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Author Manilius, Marcus.
Title Astronomicon. English & Latin
Astronomica / Manilius ; with an English translation by G.P. Goold.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1977.

Author Manilius, Marcus.
Series The Loeb classical library ; 469.
Loeb classical library ; 469.
Subject Didactic poetry, Latin -- Translations into English.
Astrology -- Early works to 1800.
Astronomy -- Early works to 1800.
Astronomy, Ancient -- Poetry.
Astrology -- Poetry.
Description cxxii, 387 pages, 3 unnumbered leaves of plates (2 folded) : illustrations ; 17 cm.
Note Latin and English on opposite pages.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages cxiii-cxxii) and index.
Note Also issued online.
Latin and English on opposite pages.
Contents World of Manilius (map) -- Preface -- Introduction -- About the poet -- A guide to the poem -- The manuscripts -- Editorial principles -- Bibliography (with Addendum) -- Astronomica of Marcus Manilius -- Book one- five -- Index -- Skies of Manilius (star-charts).
Summary MARCUS MANILIUS, who lived in the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius, is the author of the earliest treatise on astrology we possess. He tells us hardly anything about himself, and is not mentioned by any other writer. 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.
ISBN 0674995163
OCLC # 3695694
Additional Format Online version: Manilius, Marcus. Astronomicon. English & Latin. Astronomica. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1977 (OCoLC)643994201.

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