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Disclosure and Discretion in Roman AstrologyManilius and his Augustan Contemporaries$
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Steven J. Green

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646807.001.0001

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The Beginning and End of the Late Republican Astrological Debate

The Beginning and End of the Late Republican Astrological Debate

The Politicised Philosophical Posturings of Cicero

(p.75) 4 The Beginning and End of the Late Republican Astrological Debate
Disclosure and Discretion in Roman Astrology

Steven J. Green

Oxford University Press

This chapter conducts a detailed analysis of astrological passages across two contemporary works of Cicero, De Divinatione(2.87–99) and De Fato(7–8). It argues for a softening of stance from the author from one work to the other: outright rejection to astrology in De Divinationeis met with some concession in De Fato. This may reflect Cicero’s recognition of the fast changing political status for astrology in and around 44 BC following the appearance of Caesar’s comet.

Keywords:   astrology, Caesar, Cicero, comet, De Divinatione, De Fato, 44 BC

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