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Forgotten StarsRediscovering Manilius' Astronomica$
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Steven J. Green and Katharina Volk

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586462

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586462.001.0001

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Watch this space (getting round 1.215–46)

Watch this space (getting round 1.215–46)

(p.59) 5 Watch this space (getting round 1.215–46)
Forgotten Stars

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This chapter concentrates on the run of summarized astronomic basics given in Manilius, Astronomica 1.215-46 to ground the main work of delivering astrology to Roman epic. The three points dealt with in this passage are defended from supposed ‘error’ in various magnitudes by close reading of their rhetoric, by setting them within the wider compass of 1.173-254 and 1.149-70, and by comparison with mainstream Roman cosmography as represented by Lucretius, Cicero, and the elder Pliny. Manilius trades on familiarity with the scheme of simultaneous convection down from the stars in to earth and away/out from earth up to the aether to establish a geocentric universe made from traffic through and round space: this cosmography will connect mankind and stars in an astropoetic continuum.

Keywords:   astropoetics, Cicero, cosmography, Lucretius, Manilius, metarhetoric, Pliny the Elder, sphéricité

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