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Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica

Steven J. Green and Katharina Volk

Abstract

The Astronomica of Manilius is a poem in five books, at least partly written under 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 Latin 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 famous twentieth-century editor, A. E. Housman, continues to cast an imposing shadow on the poem, especially for Anglophone rea ... More

Keywords: ancient philosophy, astrology, Augustus, history of science, Housman, Latin literature, Manilius, interdisciplinarity, intertextuality, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199586462
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586462.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven J. Green, editor
Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Leeds
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Katharina Volk, editor
Associate Professor of Classics, Columbia University
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