Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Manilius and his Intellectual Background$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Katharina Volk

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199265220

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265220.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 November 2018

The Rules of Fate

The Rules of Fate

Chapter:
(p.58) Chapter 3 The Rules of Fate
Source:
Manilius and his Intellectual Background
Author(s):

Katharina Volk (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265220.003.0003

The chapter dicusses the system of astrology that Manilius describes in Books 2-5 of his Astronomica. It begins with an exposition of the tenets of ancient astrology, pointing out that Manilius' astrology is both ‘strong’ (the stars hold the key to every aspect of our fate) and ‘hard’ (the stars themselves cause this fate). A brief history of ancient astrology from Mesopotamia via Hellenistic Greece to Rome is followed by a detailed examination of Manilius' text: the poet treats first the three astrologically significant circles (zodiac, fixed circle of the observer, and circle of lots) and then the influences of the heavenly bodies—in particular the signs of the zodiac and the paranatellonta—on human beings. The chapter concludes with an examination of the idiosyncrasies of Manilius' astrology, a topic that harks back to the puzzle of the planets discussed at the end of Chapter 1.

Keywords:   astrology, fixed circle of the observer, hard astrology, lots, Manilius, Mesopotamia, paranatellonta, planets, strong astrology, zodiac

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .